NJ man convicted in neighbor's shooting death

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A southern New Jersey man accused of shooting his neighbor two years ago during an argument over their marijuana growing operation has been convicted of aggravated manslaughter and various drug charges.

But an Ocean County jury acquitted 61-one-year-old Jay Goldberg of Little Egg Harbor Township of murder in a verdict returned late Friday afternoon.

Prosecutors claimed Goldberg purposely shot 40-year-old Sarkis Shainian as they argued in Goldberg's home, where the drug production facility was based.

But defense lawyers said Goldberg had acted in self-defense after a drunk and belligerent Shahinian showed up at the residence in the middle of night in April 2009.

Goldberg, who also was convicted on a weapons offense, faces up to 50 years in prison when he's sentenced in May.

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