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Paterson Man Faces 20 Years for Killing Pizza Man

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Joseph Borges Credits: Passaic County Prosecutor's Office
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PATERSON, N.J. - A Paterson man admitted Thursday that he purposely shot to death a pizza parlor employee two years ago after a dispute, said Passaid County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes. 

The man, Joseph Borges, 27, pleaded to an amended charge of first-degree aggravated manslaughter, said the prosecutor. She said Borges pleaded guilty to killing Raymond Torres, 24, of Paterson on Sept. 8, 2014. 

By entering the plea, before state Superior Court Judge Adam Jacobs, Borges agreed to allow the state to recommend he be sentenced to 20 years in prison, said Valdes. "The defendant is subject to the No Early Release Act, which requires that he serve 85 percent of the sentence, which by law is calculated as 17 years, without parole eligibility, and five years of parole supervision upon his release," she said in a statement. 

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Valdes said a verbal dispute took place between Borges and Torres outside of Big Chris’s Pizzeria at 106 Park Avenue in Paterson, where the Torres worked. "The dispute ended with the victim striking the defendant in the face with his fist," said Valdes. "Several hours later, the defendant returned to Big Chris’s Pizzeria with a .380 caliber handgun. Once the victim exited the Pizzeria, the defendant shot at the victim 6 times. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back resulting in his death." 

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2017.

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