Man who sentenced NJ teenager Moussa Fofana to 15 years in prison

The man convicted of the fatal shooting of a New Jersey teenager last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday – as part of a controversial plea deal slammed by the victim’s family.

Relatives of 18-year-old Moussa Fofana who was killed wanted gunman Yohan Hernandez, 21, jailed for at least 30 years over the June 2021 shooting that also injured a 17-year-old boy.

“We have not received any justice at all,” the victim’s mother, Hawa Fofana, told a local newspaper after the sentencing. “For me, 15 years is not justice for my son.”

Hernandez of Newark was originally charged with the murder of Moussa, a student on the Columbia High School football team, who was gunned down on a playing field outside the Underhill Sports Complex.

Prosecutors said Hernandez told police he acted in self-defense when he shot Fofana, CBS New York reported.

Hawa Fofana
“For me, 15 years is not justice for my son,” said the victim’s mother, Hawa Fofana.
Bebe Fofana/Instagram
Moussa Fofana and his mother Hawa
Fofana wanted the suspect face 30 years for his heinous act.
Bebe Fofana/Instagram

In September, a judge allowed Hernandez to plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter and aggravated assault and a charge of possession of a weapon — although the victim’s family said the proposed sentence was too light.

They called for a 30-year life sentence for Hernandez, but Essex County Superior Court Judge Ronald Wigler gave the green light to the deal with the much shorter sentence, saying families “never, ever equate a number with value.” should of their loved one.”

Hernandez appeared in court Wednesday with a stone face, refusing to say anything about Fofana’s relatives or even acknowledge their presence, according to ABC 7 New York.

Yohan Hernandez
Yohan Hernandez was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday.
Essex County Attorney’s Office

Hernandez’s behavior in the courtroom prompted the judge to concede that the defendant appeared to have no remorse, the report said.

He must serve at least 85% of his sentence, or almost 13 years, before he is eligible for parole. The judge told him that he was likely to face deportation afterward because he was not a US citizen.

Yohan Hernandez

Hernandez told police he acted in self-defense when he shot Fofana.


Yohan Hernandez

Hernandez pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated manslaughter.


Yohan Hernandez

The suspect gunned down the victim on a sports field outside the Underhill Sports Complex.


The victim’s grieving mother previously described her son as her best friend and said he has big dreams of becoming a professional soccer player and buying a house for his grandmother in her native country of Liberia.

With mail wires

https://nypost.com/2022/11/16/man-who-shot-nj-teen-moussa-fofana-sentences-to-15-years/ Man who sentenced NJ teenager Moussa Fofana to 15 years in prison

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