TRENTON – Late on a November night four years ago, Maurice Skillman stood in a parking lot and fired 22 shots at a balcony above, fatally hitting off-duty corrections officer Carl Batie, 26, in the forehead.
His accomplice, Hykeem Tucker, stood nearby.
Though the men – now 30 and 29-years-old, respectively – played different roles in the fatal attack, they faced the same fate Friday morning – life in prison.
Superior Court Judge Andrew Smithson handed down the sentence Friday after remarking on the brutality of the crime and saying he hoped the life sentence would be a wakeup for the community.
"It seems every time we turn around there is another shooting," Smithson said.