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Joseph 'JoJo' Jones, 37, was shot at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 9, 2018, in the parking lot of Lakeside Middle School as athletes, coaches and parents were leaving after a Millville Midget League practice. Jones’ 7-year-old son, an athlete on the team, was at the practice where his father was killed.

BRIDGETON — A second Vineland man has been sentenced for his role in the 2018 murder of Millville Midget Football League coach Joseph “JoJo” Jones.

Tyrell Hart, 23, was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and mandatory fines and penalties, court records show. He pleaded guilty in October to third-degree conspiracy and hindering charges in Cumberland County Superior Court.

Jones, 37, was fatally shot at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 9, 2018, in the parking lot of Lakeside Middle School as athletes, coaches and parents were leaving after a Midget League practice. Jones’ 7-year-old son, an athlete on the team, was at the practice where his father was killed.

Hart was the second of six co-defendants to plead guilty in the case. Hakeem Smith, 23, also of Vineland, was sentenced to three years of probation, plus fines and penalties, in September after pleading guilty in August to hindering apprehension and conspiracy for misleading police.

Hart and Smith, as well as Eugene Cosby, 43, and Genea Hughes-Lee, 34, both of Malaga, Gloucester County; Will El-Bey, 22, of Vineland; and Clifton D. Bailey, 27, of Camden, were indicted Feb. 20 in the fatal shooting.

The half-dozen co-defendants were indicted on charges of conspiracy, weapons, attempted murder, obstruction, hindering, tampering, bribery and making fictitious reports, according to an indictment list from the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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