A 27-year-old Nigerian photographer known as Rasheed “O.J.” Olabode has been allegedly killed by a New Jersey man Christopher Poole, 26 after he urinated on his street at Newark, US.
Christopher Poole was said to have shot Rasheed “O.J.” Olabode, straight to his heart after his pleadings fell on deaf ears.
Olabode was peeing behind a car in Newark in April 2018 when Poole confronted him.
Surveillance video showed Olabode begging to be spared, but Poole “executed” him anyway, prosecutors said.
“The only mistake that appears the victim made was going to relieve himself in front of the wrong person,” prosecutor Jason Goldberg told Superior Court of Essex County, NJ.com said.
“And that simple, simple act — something that every single person does, every single day was enough in the eyes of Mr. Poole to execute a man, shoot him in the heart as he prayed and tried talking his way out of it.”
Poole, who is a New Jersey gang member has been sentenced to life in prison for killing Nigerian man who was urinating in his street
Superior Court Judge Ronald Wigler noted that he “utter lack of remorse” for the execution in front of two of the victim’s friends.
Wigler, who has served as a Superior Court judge for a decade, said: “This was certainly one of the most, if not the most senseless murder cases that I have presided over and been involved with.”
Poole was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder.
He is also going to spend 10 years in prison for one weapons offense that will run concurrently.
He must serve at least 63 years before he is eligible for parole under the state’s No Early Release Act. One of Poole’s two sisters cried and fled the court when he was sentenced.
“I know his heart. I know that this isn’t the person that he wanted to become,” she told NJ.com.
Olabode was originally from Nigeria. His family could not afford to make it to New Jersey for the sentencing, the court heard.