ELIZABETH, NJ – A 23-year-old Roselle man was convicted of murdering another borough resident in 2012 and now faces at least 30 years in prison, said authorities.

The man, Nyfee Mallory, 23, was one of three men charged in the shooting death of Roselle resident Damel Mitchell, said acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park. She said the jury convicted Mallory after deliberating for two days following a 3-week-long trial.

Police were called to the Sylvester Land football field in Roselle shortly before 11 a.m. on Feb. 20, 2012 on reports of a person having been shot, said Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sheets, who prosecuted the case. Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene approximately 15 minutes later, he said.

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A joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force and Roselle Police Department, assisted by the Union County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit and the Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, led to the arrest of Mallory and two 17-year-old suspects, also from Roselle, two days after the shooting, Park said.    

The investigation revealed that the threesome knew Mitchell and lured him to the football field that night with the intent to rob him. As Mitchell attempted to flee he was shot and killed, Sheets said.  

The two other suspects, Corey Winston and Derrick Dunn, have been waived to adult court and are pending trial later this year.  Mallory’s sentencing is scheduled for May 19. He is facing 30 years to life in state prison.