Jan. 12, 2015
Newark Man Sentenced to 50 Years for Stomping Another Man to Death
Judge imposes another 4 years for theft
Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Dwayne Johnson, 43, of Newark was sentenced to 50 years in New Jersey State Prison for the stomping death of Terrence Everett, 38, also of Newark. The Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court, also sentenced Johnson to four years for theft. He must serve the sentences consecutively.
Under the No Early Release Act, Johnson must serve approximately 42 years before he is eligible for parole. He has been in state prison since January 2013 when he was charged with murder.
Johnson and Everett were friends but at some point they got into an argument over cigarettes when Johnson’s girlfriend asked Everett for a cigarette and Everett suggested she might have money for cigarettes if Johnson had a job. The dispute between the two men continued until December when Everett punched Johnson’s girlfriend.
On Jan. 7, 2013, ten days later, Johnson saw Everett walking down the street and attacked him. Johnson stomped and kicked Everett in the head repeatedly and violently, leaving him bleeding from his head in the intersection of Avon Avenue and South 20th Street in Newark. Everett died from his injuries.
A passerby videotaped the attack. After Johnson stomped Everett to death he rifled through the victim’s pockets.
Following a three-week trial, an Essex County jury found Johnson guilty of murder and theft.
Asking for a life sentence, Assistant Prosecutor Ahmad Rasool said Johnson has never taken responsibility for the murder and has never shown remorse.
“This defendant stomped a man to death in broad daylight on a public street but he seems to want to point the finger at everyone else,’’ said Rasool, who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Paul Bradley.