FREEHOLD, New Jersey — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in a deadly botched robbery.
Monmouth County prosecutors say 27-year-old Tahj Pines of Neptune was one of four men who went to Nathaniel Wiggins' Eatontown apartment in March 2008 to rob him. Wiggins was shot during the robbery, and he died the next day.
Pines was convicted last December on numerous charges, including felony murder and conspiracy. He will have to serve nearly 43 years of the sentence imposed Friday before becoming eligible for parole.
Pines' younger brother and another man were also convicted in the case and are now serving prison sentences, while trial is pending for the other suspect.