A New York City bar owner has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in a narcotics conspiracy in which two friends were found fatally shot inside their SUV on a northern New Jersey street.

Nicholas Kiriakakis (Bergen County Prosecutor's Office)
Nicholas Kiriakakis (Bergen County Prosecutor's Office)


The Record of Woodland Park reports that Nicholas D. Kiriakakis was tearful as he was lead in handcuffs from a Hackensack courtroom after his sentencing Friday.

The 29-year-old resident of Richmond Hills, N.Y., was acquitted in December on two counts of murder in connection with the 2010 deaths of 28-year-old Jonathan Beneduce of Howard Beach and 27-year-old Michael Mirasola of Ozone Park.

He was found guilty of the lesser charges of conspiracy to distribute drugs and hindering apprehension.

A Teaneck resident discovered the victims' bullet-riddled bodies in February 2010.


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