Last suspect convicted in shocking Newark schoolyard killings sentenced

Posted at 12:03 PM, Jan 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-09 12:03:30-05

NEWARK (PIX11) – The court phase of one of the most brutal attacks in our area in recent years wrapped up Wednesday with the sentencing of the last man convicted in the Newark schoolyard shootings.

A judge sentenced 20-year-old Gerardo Gomez to 195 years in prison for his role in the now-infamous Newark murders.

The crime was brutal: 3 killed and one wounded when they were all shot at Mount Vernon School in Newark as part of a gang initiation.  The group of victims, police say, was just hanging out just listening to music.

The victims were all promising. Three of them  were going to college. Shot in the head and killed the night of August 4th 2007 were Dashon Harvey, Iofemi Hightower and Terrance Aeriel. Terrance’s sister Natasha was shot in the head but survived.

Four of those convicted in the case including Melvin Jovel and Rodolfo Godinez have  received life sentences. Another accomplice Shahid Baskerville testified against Gomez and Jose Carranza and after helping convict them was sentenced to 30 years in jail.

Gomez turned 15 the day of the crime, now he will spend the rest of his birthdays behind bars.