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On Friday, a Jersey City man was sentenced to 25 years in New Jersey State Prison for a 2020 shooting death in Greenville.

According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Kenyowa Pinkney, 29, of Jersey City had pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Manslaughter on April 25 in connection with the shooting death of Javone Smith, 23, also of Jersey City, before Judge Vincent J. Militello.

On April 6, 2020, just before 6:30 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Myrtle Avenue. Responding officers with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Smith was taken to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The medical examiner determined that Smith died from the gunshot wounds and ruled the death a homicide.

Pinkney was arrested and charged in connection with Smith’s death by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit on April 14, 2020.

Pinkney’s sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act and Graves Act.