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Jersey City Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Homicide

By rlsmetro on
Jersey City

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that on Thursday, August 5, Michael Weathersbee, 28, of Jersey City, was sentenced to 35 years in New Jersey State Prison for the murder of Laquan Clark on September 23, 2018, in Jersey City.

According to Prosecutor Suarez, on February 10, 2020, Weathersbee was found guilty by a Hudson County Jury following an approximately two week trial of Murder, Possession of a Weapon (Firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Firearm) and Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon (Firearm). 

Prosecutor Suarez said that on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at approximately 2:10 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of a male shot in the area of New Street in Jersey City. Upon arrival, Jersey City Police Officers found a male sitting in a car in the area of 14 New Street with apparent multiple gunshot wounds.

According to Prosecutor Suarez, the victim, later identified as Laquan Clark, 33, of Jersey City, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 2:40 a.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds to the torso and head, and the manner of death to be homicide. 

According to Prosecutor Suarez, Michael Weathersbee was charged and arrested by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit for the murder on September 26, 2018, and indicted by a Grand Jury on December 19, 2018.