A two-judge appellate panel rejected the latest in a series of appeals by a 40-year-old Bridgeton man attempting to have his sentence of life in prison changed.
In 1997, Samuel Ryan was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for the armed robbery and attempted murder of a Bridgeton gas station attendant.
Ryan argued to the Appellate Division of Superior Court that he should never have been sentenced under the repeat offender statute because he had already been sentenced to an extended stay in state prison on another offense. He also said he wanted another opportunity to consider a plea bargain.
The two justices write in their ruling that Ryan’s arguments are so “without sufficient merit” that they are not even worth a written opinion. The justices said they will simply uphold an earlier ruling on Ryan’s latest appeal.
The justices ruled last week on what was Ryan’s 10th appeal.
The life sentence was imposed after Ryan was found guilty of the Feb. 21, 1996, armed robbery and attempted murder of Gene Munyon at a gas station on Broad Street in Bridgeton.
Authorities said Ryan was wearing a ski mask and carrying a 10mm semi-automatic handgun when he entered the gas station and confronted Munyon and another attendant.
Ryan shot Munyon as he tried to defend himself, authorities said. The bullet passed through Munyon’s arm, neck and jaw.
Authorities said Ryan also stole $100 from the gas station.
Authorities found Ryan a month later as he hid in the loft of a friend’s apartment.
Bridgeton police traced the ammunition and weapon used in the shooting through gun shops.
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