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WOODBURY N.J. JULY 29, 2016--Dwight I. Qawi Jr., (DOB 1/19?84), of Mays Landing NJ was sentenced Friday (7/29) to 13 years in New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty to a charge of attempted murder of a woman he had a relationship with by punching and kicking her at a Glassboro NJ convenience store on 7/31/15, causing serious head injuries.
Separately, Qawi was sentenced to a three-year state prison term for failure to notify police of an address change, which is required under Megan’s law for sex offenders, that sentence to run concurrently with the 13-year term.
Qawi must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker said.
Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Steven Salvati asked for the plea agreement to be enforced on what he called very serious charges, noting the defendant’s substance abuse problems had been thoroughly analyzed in determining the recommended sentence.
Judge Becker, citing Qawi Jr.s extensive juvenile and adult criminal record, said he had determined the sentence was appropriate, based on the risk of committing another offense and the need to deter others from such crimes.