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New Jersey man who killed neighbor to serve additional time after plotting to kill prosecutor

Posted at 12:13 PM, Sep 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-06 12:13:10-04

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey inmate who is serving time for killing his neighbor has now received another lengthy sentence for plotting to kill the prosecutor who put him in prison.

State Superior Court Judge Francis Vernoia handed down a 20-year sentence to Jay Goldberg, calling the 64-year-old Little Egg Harbor resident a “selfish human being willing to take whatever action necessary to help himself.”

Goldberg was convicted in June on conspiracy and attempted murder charges. The sentence he received will run consecutive to a 20-year term he’s now serving for the 2009 killing of Sarkis Shahinian, with whom he had a marijuana-growing business.

Prosecutors said that while Goldberg was in jail awaiting sentencing after his 2012 trial, he arranged with another inmate and a third person to kill the prosecutor.