CAMDEN, New Jersey — A man who pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter charges stemming from a fatal shooting at a southern New Jersey apartment complex has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Joshua Texidor of Westampton must serve about 17 years before he becomes eligible for parole under the sentence imposed Friday. He also received a concurrent five-year term for aggravated assault.
Texidor and two other people pleaded guilty earlier this year to various charges in the death of 20-year-old Lamar Ortiz, who was killed last July at the Autumn Ridge Apartments in Gloucester Township.
Authorities have said the three wanted to rob Ortiz as part of a drug deal.
The two other defendants — 17-year-old Jevon Coleman Robinson of Edgewater Park and 18-year-old Isaac Mimes of Willingboro — contacted a friend who knew Ortiz, and the three drove with Texidor to Ortiz's apartment. Mimes said he knew Robinson, who was driving, had a concealed handgun.
When they arrived at the complex, Ortiz came to the vehicle's passenger window and talked with the group. But when they asked him to show them the marijuana they wanted to buy, he refused.
When the group insisted on seeing the marijuana, Ortiz walked away from the car. Robinson then drew his gun and pointed it at Ortiz, but the friend who knew Ortiz tried to grab the weapon.
Robinson admitted that he repeatedly hit the friend in the head with the gun, then shot and killed Ortiz.
Robinson was sentenced last month to a 23-year state prison term, while Mimes got a 12-year sentence.