Man gets 10-year sentence in retirement community slaying
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — An elderly man who fatally shot his landlord at his retirement community home was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in state prison.
Thomas Hatchett, 88, of Manchester, had pleaded guilty late last year to aggravated manslaughter in the July 2019 slaying of Igal Hedad, 71, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.
Police went to Hatchett’s home after someone called 911 to report an injured person. A SWAT team also responded.
The officers found Hedad lying face down in the street. He was bleeding from his head and had gunshot wounds to his back. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
Hatchett had driven away from the scene by the time authorities arrived, but was found later that day at another home he has in Verona, where he was captured.
The two men had apparently been involved in a dispute over rent money.