Rodolfo Godinez, convicted in the 2007 schoolyard murders of three Delaware State University Students and the attempted murder of a fourth, has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences plus twenty years – a total of 245 years — and would not be eligible for parole for 216 years.
Iofemi Hightower, 20, Dashon Harvey, 20 and Terrance Aeriel, 18, were all murdered in cold blood in the schoolyard of Newark’s Mount Vernon School, very close to the border of South Orange, on Aug. 4, 2007. Natasha Aerie, now 22, survived the shooting.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino said in a press release, “Today Rodolfo Godinez had his first taste of true justice. His sentence of over two centuries in state prison is fitting for the horrific crime that he committed but that dose of justice is bittersweet to the Harvey, Hightower and Aeriel families. No sentence can ever bring back their loved ones. Our hearts remain with them.”