SOMERVILLE, NJ (Somerset County) – A Somerset County man who shot and killed a woman, then ordered a pizza and posted about the shooting on social media, was sentenced to state prison on Thursday, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Tamar Reaves, 20, of Franklin Township, was sentenced to 27 years in state prison, with 23 years to be served without parole, for his conviction for first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun. He pled guilty to those charges on April 2, 2019, Robertson said,
The conviction stems from a shooting that occurred on August 9, 2018 at 7:50 a.m. on Battle Place in Franklin Township. At that time, Reaves, aka “T-Mac,” followed his 18-year-old victim from a convenience store to her relative’s home, and shot her in the back of her neck with a 9mm handgun, Robertson said.
Reaves initially fled to a friend’s home after committing the crime and ultimately went to his grandmother’s Franklin Township home. Once there, he ordered a pizza and made several posts to various social media accounts, including a photo of the pizza, as well as a video of himself singing the lyrics of a song which mirrored the circumstances of the shooting he just committed, Robertson said.
Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Det. Randy Sidorski and Franklin Township Police Sgt. Kevin Fitzharris were assisted in solving this crime by local business owners and residents whose video surveillance systems recorded portions of the crime and who provided that video surveillance evidence to police. Lt. Mark Pappas and Det. Brandt Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department recognized Reaves as the individual depicted in the surveillance video, and assisted in locating and arresting him that day, Robertson said.
In addition, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) assisted by providing information gathered during an unrelated investigation of Reaves which demonstrated that he possessed a 9mm handgun that was consistent with the handgun he used to commit the shooting, Robertson said.