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Former Newark Police Officer Jovanny Crespo Gets 27 Years In Prison For Shooting Death Of Gregory Griffin

A former Newark officer, Jovanny Crespo, was sentenced to 27 years in prison for the 2019 death of Gregory Griffin during a police chase. Convicted of aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault, and official misconduct, Crespo fired at a fleeing vehicle multiple times, resulting in Griffin's death and critically injuring passenger Andrew Dixon. 

Crespo claimed he saw guns in the vehicle, but other officers said the tinted windows made it impossible to see inside. His attorneys argued his actions were justified, while the prosecution deemed them excessive. Crespo's mother pleaded for mercy, but the families of Griffin and Dixon supported the verdict. With good behavior, Crespo could serve just under 23 years.

Link: ABC 7 NY


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