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Man pleads guilty to killing West Orange bouncer

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a bouncer during a fight outside a West Orange bar in 2012.

Prosecutors say 25-year old Jose Garcia-Lendos, an undocumented Honduran living in Orange, entered a plea to aggravated manslaughter charges in the killing of 32-year old Jacques Nelson, also of Orange.

A father of four, Nelson was killed trying to stop a fight between bar patrons outside Misty's Restaurant and Bar on Main Street on August 6, 2012.

Nelson worked a second job on weekends at the bar for just eight months prior to the deadly encounter.

A week after the killing, Garcia-Lendo was arrested in Texas as he tried to cross the border into Mexico.

In court, Garcia- Lendos admitted shooting Nelson while he was trying to kill another man.

He faces 24 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 17.

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