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Newark Man Admits Role in Fatal Short Hills Mall Carjacking

By kcora on
Short Hills

A 39-year-old Newark man accused in the killing of Dustin Friedland pleads guilty.

According to officials, on on July 24, Kevin Roberts - one of four people charged in killing of Friedland - pleaded guilty to first-degree carjacking under a deal with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. As part of the plea bargain, murder, felony murder, conspiracy and weapons charge will be dismissed.

On Dec. 15, 2013, 30-year-old Friesland was on his way back to his father's Range Rover with his wife, when a carjacking turned fatal. He was rushed to Morristown. memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Roberts, Basim Henry, Hanif Thompson and Karif Ford were all arrested just days after Friedland's killing.

Roberts and Thompson were said to have physically carjacked the Range Rover while Thompson was identified as the gunman.

Roberts is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 13, according to court records.

He could face 20 years in state prison at sentencing.