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Brown Faces Life in Tevlin Murder Case

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Brendan Tevlin Credits: SHP
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NEWARK, NJ — In the case against Ali Muhammad Brown, who was charged with the murder of 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin of Livingston, acting Essex County prosecutor, Robert Laurino announced on Tuesday that Brown pled guilty before the Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, judge of the Superior Court. 

Brown fatally shot Tevlin at a stop light in West Orange on June 2014 after Tevlin was hanging out at a friends house and was on his way home to Livingston. Brown, 34, of Seattle, initially told investigators that this was an act of vengeance for innocent lives lost in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

On Monday, jury selection was underway when Brown indicated he was willing to plead guilty to all charges: first-degree murder, first-degree terrorism , first-degree felony murder, first-degree carjacking, first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a handgun, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

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Laurino held a press conference in Newark where it was announced that this is the first time the New Jersey terrorism statute has been used in connection with a homicide. Brown will face a mandatory life sentence under the terrorism statue alone. 

"We did not negotiate with the defendant. From the beginning, our position has been that he had to plead to all the charges or we would go to trial and let the jury decide," said Laurino. "Today defendant, in open court, admitted to the heinous acts he committed the night he took Brendan Tevlin's life. Because of his admission, we expect that when he is sentenced on May 1, it will mean that he will never be a free man again."

West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, who, along with his wife Sheila, are friends of the Tevlin family, told TAPinto West Orange, "Though there is nothing good to this situation, I am glad the trial is over and he will never be a threat to society again. I hope this small step provides the Tevlin's some solace for despite this evil, it has done nothing to diminish the memory and legacy of Brendan's life and all he meant to everyone that knew him."

Brown has already been serving a 35-year sentence in New Jersey state prison for armed robbery.  He was also previously convicted by federal authorities of bank fraud and in Washington state, convicted of sexual contact and aggravated assault.  In addition, Brown has an open case in Ocean County and three homicides in Washington State. As of now they are accusations and he remains innocent of those charges until he is convicted in a court of law or enters a guilty plea.

Ali Muhamad Brown randomly targeted and executed an innocent defenseless teenager, and admitted in open court to doing the  same to three other young men in Washington," said assistant prosecutor/director James Semper. "He grievously harmed families and terrorized entire communities across the country.  This defendant is no martyr, he's just an admitted terrorist who will now spend the rest of his life in prison.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Tevlin family, and all those affected."

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