A Newark man charged in the with fatally shooting his childhood friend was convicted today by an Essex County jury.

Sadot Council, 32, was convicted of murdering Anthony Mayse, 33, also of Newark, following a trial before the Essex County Superior Court Judge Richard T. Sules.

Mayse was shot and killed on April 28, 2015 at the Stephen Crane Housing Complex in Newark shortly after noon time, according to According to Assistant Prosecutor Adam Wells, who tried the case.

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Mayse and Council, who had known each other most of their lives, and had been friends, got into a dispute the day before the murder, that ended with Council threatening to kill Mayse, Wells said.  

The next day Council confronted Mayse and the two had a fist fight.  When the fight was broken up by a bystander, Council rode away on a bike and returned a minute later with a gun and shot Mayse in the chest, killing him, according to the prosecutor's office. 

“We’re glad the jury provided justice to Mr. Mayse and his family. I want to thank Det. Bruce Branch, and all of the investigators who helped bring this killer to justice,’’ Wells said.

In addition to murder, Council was convicted of weapons offenses.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 20 before Judge Sules.

Council, who has four prior felony convictions, including three for violent crimes faces life in prison.