Seton Hall Party Killing Gets East Orange Man Life Sentence

Nicholas Welch, 29, was sentenced to life in prison for killing one student and 20 more years for wounding four others.

Nicholas Welch
Nicholas Welch
An East Orange man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the killing of a Seton Hall University student at an off-campus party in 2010.

Nicholas Welch, 29, received a life sentence for killing Jessica A. Moore, a 19-year-old sophomore from Pennsylvania, and was sentenced to 20 more years for the attempted murder of four other students.

A jury convicted Welch in March following an 18-day trial for the killing of Moore and the attempted murder of Yvan Christophe, Nakeisha Vanterpool, Nicosia Henry and Daryl Elmore, who were all wounded by survived the attack.

Welch opened fire on Sept. 25, 2010 into a packed off-campus party after members of a fraternity denied him access to the house, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.

Welch, who lived on the same block, said he ran the block and would not be denied from entering a party, the prosecutor's office said.

Welch must serve 89 years before becoming eligible for parole. He has 28 arrests, including 10 as a juvenile, and one prior felony conviction as an adult.

A second defendant, Marcus Bacus, is awaiting trial.
Michael Kinzig May 31, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Those Black's really know how to party
dave June 02, 2014 at 06:26 AM
let him run wild at the police shooting range and see how he likes it, and we have to pay for this punk for the rest of his life? lead injection a must!
Tom June 02, 2014 at 08:23 PM
28 arrests??? Some of the judges should be going to jail too!
joseph June 28, 2014 at 07:28 AM
He ran the block now hes gonna have to run around a cell block with no gun... Pussy


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