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Release* ††† ††††††Date: April 5, 2010
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††† ††††††Date: April 5, 2010
Man pleads guilty to fatal shooting
County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan today announced that a
Derrick Higgins (DOB 12/26/86) of Wright Place, New Brunswick, pleaded guilty to the charge on April 1, 2010, admitting he shot and killed William Wilson Jr., 27, of Franklin Township.
pleaded guilty to the charge during a hearing at the Middlesex County
Under the terms of a plea agreement negotiated with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Weiss, the defendant faces 20 years in prison when he is sentenced by Judge DeVesa on June 28, 2010.
As part of the plea agreement, Higgins must serve 85 percent of his prison term before he can be eligible for parole.
He was arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective Mark Pappas of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Paul Miller of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.
investigation began after police received a 911 call at 1:19 a.m. on June 20,
2008, reporting a shooting. Police arrived to find the victim dead in bushes
near a house at
An autopsy showed the victim died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
was arrested and charged later in the day, He remains in custody at the