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Life sentence in murders of engaged Jersey City couple
JERSEY CITY (WABC) -- An emotional scene played out in a New Jersey courtroom Friday morning as the man convicted of killing a recently engaged couple in 2010 learned he would never be a free man again.
Shiquan Bellamy was sentenced to life in prison, not eligible for parole for 127 years, for the murders of 25-year-old Nia Haqq and 27-year-old fiance Michael Muchiaki.
The couple died in a botched carjacking following their engagement party in Jersey City on Easter Sunday in what prosecutors called one of the most cold-blooded murders they had ever seen.
Muchiaki and Haqq had surrendered all of their belongings when they were told to get on the ground. Bellamy then killed Muchiaki with a 12-gauge shotgun just to show his younger female cousin how to commit murder.
That cousin then murdered Haqq.
Bellamy showed no emotion as he walked into the courtroom packed with still-grieving relatives.
Representatives of both families talked during the sentencing.
Haqq's uncle, Hussain Haqq, was crying as he gave his victim's impact statement.
"He still gets the chance to see his family," he said. "His family still gets the chance to see him. My niece will never see my daughters. She'll never get a chance to go to my son's games. She'll never get to see her offspring."
Bellamy also spoke, never addressing the families, instead only speaking to his own. He told them to stay strong and that he loved them.
Bellamy, who is also accused of murdering relatives, is facing sentencing in other murders.
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