New Jersey State Police say a man accused of killing a homeless man using a car seat has been convicted of manslaughter.
Police said 40-year-old David Joseph Brown of New Jersey was sentenced to 40 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of manslaughter in the death of Brian S. Brown.
Brown was convicted in May of second-degree assault and battery and reckless endangerment in the March 28, 2016, death of the man, who was walking along the shoreline near a campground in the Catskills, New Jersey.
Prosecutors say Brown dragged Brown from his parked car onto the beach.
Prosecutors say Brown’s car seat caught fire, but the fire did not cause the death.
The car seat’s “black plastic material had the odor of burnt rubber and melted plastic,” Assistant District Attorney David D. Fischman wrote in the sentencing memorandum.
“There was no visible burn marks on the car seat, indicating it did not ignite, and no sign of a struggle between the defendant and the victim.”
Brown was convicted of first degree murder and second-and-third-degree manslaughter for the shooting.