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East Orange Man Sentenced in Fatal Stolen Car Crash

A man who was fleeing police in a stolen car when he crashed into another vehicle — killing a Newark mother and her young son — has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

James Perry (Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

James Perry of East Orange must serve 30 years of the sentence imposed Monday before becoming eligible for parole. He was convicted in January on 11 counts, including manslaughter.

Prosecutors said Perry was driving a stolen Acura on Nov. 25, 2008 when he crashed into a Toyota at a Newark intersection, fatally injuring 34-year-old Joselin Lizardo and her 10-year-old son, Aneudy Breton. Lizardo and her son were running errands just blocks from their home when Perry slammed into their car.

Police say they had broken off a pursuit shortly before the crash.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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