A Plainfield man has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison for being responsible for the 2013 shooting death of a 21-year-old, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.
Lavarr Nowell, 25, must serve at least 85 percent of that sentence before the possibility of parole under the terms set down Friday by state Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim, who labeled the death of Dawud Hicks, who had been a Plainfield High School star athlete, an “ambush and execution.”
On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Plainfield Police Division patrol units responded to reports of shots being fired in the area of 300 block of Manson Place, and found Hicks suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Ruppert, who prosecuted the case. Hicks was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital, Ruppert said.
An intensive joint investigation by the Plainfield Police Division and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Task Force resulted in Nowell being identified as a suspect, and he was charged in early February 2014. Bail was set at $1 million, and Nowell was indicted in 2015.
Nowell’s April 2017 trial resulted in a hung jury on the charge of murder and a conviction on a second-degree weapons offense. One month later, Nowell pleaded guilty to a count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter.