The injuries sustained by Reyes proved to be fatal, and he passed away the following day at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson.
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes stated that the entire incident, which lasted for around eleven minutes, was captured on surveillance camera, providing evidence of the assault.
On Friday, November 3rd, Jones was found guilty of aggravated manslaughter by the jury after deliberating for a day and a half. The case was presented to the jury by Passaic County Senior Assistant Prosecutor Evan Mongiardo.
Judge Joseph Portelli of the Superior Court has set the date for sentencing on January 25, 2024.
Mark Bailey, the defense attorney, contended that Jones was not the only one pursuing Reyes. According to Bailey, a few other acquaintances of the 31-year-old victim also joined in the chase and subsequently assaulted Reyes after chasing him for several blocks.
Jones was identified by prosecutors as the primary attacker in the incident. They highlighted that he physically assaulted Reyes by punching and kicking him, before eventually jumping on Reyes’ head with both feet while bracing himself against a nearby car.
Records indicate that Jones has a history of criminal offenses. In 2007, he was sentenced for a shooting incident and, in 2018, he received probation for a conviction related to aggravated assault. Since police apprehended him with blood on his sneakers at the site of the assault, he has been kept in custody.
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