Christopher Poole has been jailed for life for the April 2018 murder of a Nigerian photographer Rasheed Olabode, whom he accused of publicly urinating on his street.
Surveillance video shows Poole, who is also a Blood Gang member approaching Olabode as he relieved himself behind a parked car. Despite pleas from the deceased to be spared, Poole shot him in the chest anyway, prosecutors said.
“The only mistake that appears the victim made was going to relieve himself in front of the wrong person,” prosecutor Jason Goldberg told Superior Court of Essex County.
Poole who has a tatted hand with the middle finger raised on his neck is no stranger to criminal justice. Record shows he had had clashes with the law dating back to when he was 15 years old.
In sentencing Poole to life imprisonment for the murder charge and 10 years for the weapon violation charge, Judge Ronald Wigler noted his “utter lack of remorse” for the crime.
Under the No Early Release Act of New Jersey, Poole would only be eligible for parole after serving 63 years in jail.
Nobody from Olabode’s family, who is from Nigeria was at the sentencing, as they could not afford to make the trip, the court heard.