NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two Newark men have been sentenced to 40 years each for the murder of a 31-year-old New Brunswick man who was found dead inside his car from multiple gunshot wounds in 2017.
Michael Martin aka “Maniac”, 28, and Rayshawn Riddick, 33, both from Newark, were sentenced today by Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves to 40 years in a New Jersey State prison for the murder of Hakim Williams, 31, according to a press release from Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet.
Riddick was also sentenced today to a 5-year concurrent prison term on an unrelated drug charge.
Martin and Riddick were found guilty by a jury on July 23, 2019, of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree.
During a trial that began on June 11, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Bina Desai and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Anny Lopez presented evidence and testimony showing that the two men conspired to kill Williams. On Aug. 18, 2017, Martin and Riddick lured the victim to New Brunswick in order to commit the murder.
New Brunswick Police arrived to find Williams dead inside his car on Fulton Street from multiple gunshot wounds.
Martin and Riddick were charged after an investigation by Det. Kenneth Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department and Sgt. Craig Marchak of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The terms of the sentences are subject to the No Early Release Act. That means Martin and Riddick will have to serve 85% of their prison terms before becoming eligible for parole.