A Hawthorne man was convicted of aggravated manslaughter on Friday after jurors deliberated for more than a day in a case that centered around a violent altercation caught on camera.
Tyheem Jones, 40, faces a maximum of 30 years in state prison.
The verdict, delivered after a trial that began with jury selection on October 5, stems from an August 27, 2020, incident that took place in Paterson. Prosecutors said Jones, accompanied by a juvenile and other unidentified individuals, attacked 18-year-old Nicolas Reyes near the intersection of Auburn Street and Godwin Avenue, beating him to death. The assault followed a shooting that had occurred on Godwin Avenue just minutes earlier.
Reyes allegedly shot Jones’ friend in the head. Reyes was chased several blocks after allegedly shooting a 31-year-old man. He was caught and beaten for over 13 minutes by Jones and three other suspects.
Jurors were presented with surveillance footage that captured the entire eleven-minute episode. The video was a key piece of evidence in the state’s case against Jones.
Jones is scheduled to be sentenced on January 25, 2024. Under New Jersey law, aggravated manslaughter carries a sentence of 10 to 30 years in state prison. Jones must serve 85% of the sentence before he is eligible for parole, as required by the state’s No Early Release Act.