Getaway Driver Gets Life Sentence In Deadly Mall Carjacking

NEWARK (AP) -
Basim Henry is escorted out of court Monday after he was sentenced to life in prison plus ten years in Newark. (Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP)

The getaway driver in a deadly carjacking of a Jewish lawyer at an upscale New Jersey mall was sentenced Monday to life plus ten years in prison.

A judge likened Basim Henry, 36, to a predator when he handed down the sentence. Henry was among four men involved in the December 2013 carjacking and fatal shooting of Dustin Friedland at The Mall At Short Hills in Millburn. Friedland’s wife had testified at trial about seeing her husband gunned down in front of her.

The defense had argued that Henry wasn’t responsible for the shooter’s actions.

But prosecutors said Henry “knew force was necessary” to get the couple’s Range Rover.