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A career criminal convicted in a mistaken-identity home invasion that ended with a New Jersey teacher being brutally killed a decade ago was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after going on an expletive-ridden rant in court.
A snarling Jerry Spraulding, 41, vehemently maintained his innocence, complaining to the presiding judge, whom he called 'bro,' that he did not get a fair trial and that witnesses had lied about his role in the 2009 killing of Jonelle Melton in Neptune City.
Keansburg - Man - Years - Parole - January
The Keansburg man must now serve nearly 64 years before he becomes eligible for parole, which will be no earlier than January 3, 2065.
'The expectation is that Mr. Spraulding will never set foot on the face of the earth outside the walls of a correctional facility,' Judge Joseph Oxley said in announcing the sentence, as Asbury Park Press reported.
Fate - Spraulding - Father-of-two - Sentence - Conviction
Before learning his fate, Spraulding, a father-of-two who had just completed a sentence for an unrelated conviction, launched into a foul-mouth monologue in is own defense.
'I did not kill that f***ing lady,' Spraulding ranted.
Judge - Details - Case
He also exhorted the judge to re-examine the details of the case.
'Go back in your chambers and read every little piece of this s***,' he told Oxley. 'That s*** ain't no fair trial, bro.'
Melton - Relatives - Mother - Sisters - Aunt
Melton's relatives, including her mother, sisters and aunt, attended the emotionally charged hearing.
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