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BRIDGETON — A Cumberland County jury has found a Millville man guilty of murder in a 2014 shooting, authorities said.

Neri R. Sanchez, 32, was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder and second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose for killing Jerome Chestnut, 27, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said in a statement.

On Nov. 14, 2014, Millville police responded to the shooting in the Oak View Apartment complex, Webb-McRae said.

Chestnut was dead in Sanchez’s apartment with a gunshot wound to the head, Webb-McRae said.

A joint investigation by Millville police and the Prosecutor’s Office found Sanchez shot Chestnut in the back of the head and left the apartment.

Sanchez faces 30 years to life in prison at sentencing, Webb-McRae said.

He is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Cristen D’Arrigo on Jan. 12.

Assistant Prosecutor Cathryn Wilson represented the state. JoEllyn Jones represented Sanchez.

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Waldy Diez joined the Press of Atlantic City's breaking news team in July 2017. She's a graduate of Syracuse and Rowan Universities. Previously, she was a morning tv news producer.

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