Jahmell Crockam Gets Life In Prison For Lakewood Cop Killing

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM

Jahmell Crockam Gets Life In Prison For Lakewood Cop Killing
" TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A 20-year-old New Jersey man convicted of killing a Lakewood police officer has been sentenced to life in prison.

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Jahmell Crockam appeared before a judge in Ocean County on Thursday.

Authorities say because Crockam was convicted of murdering Patrolman Christopher Matlosz, the law requires a life sentence without the possibility of parole. The judge also tacked an extra seven years for a weapons offense onto Crockam’s life sentence.

“He should get the same treatment he gave Christopher,” said Matlosz’ mother, Jane Calaio.

A jury convicted Crockam of walking up to the officer’s police cruiser in January 2011 and shooting him three times at point-blank range.

“On Jan. 14 last year, that man, the defendant Jahmell Crockam, in broad daylight and in cold blood, executed Officer Christopher Matlosz of the Lakewood Police Department,” Chief Assistant Ocean County prosecutor William Heisler said during the trial. “The defendant was trying to avoid arrest and that’s why he committed this murder.”

Tanya Cook Peteete, the mother of one of Crockam’s friends, testified that Crockam told her a month before Matlosz was shot that he would kill a police officer rather than go to prison "

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