Brunswick Pharmacy killer finally gets sent to prison
The gunman who shot and killed a beloved Trenton pharmacist in April 2011 is now serving hard time in the state prison system.
Jamar Myers, 31, of Lalor Street in Hamilton Township, is doing 30 years behind bars for murdering Brunswick Pharmacy owner Sri Arjun Reddy Dyapa, 54, during the commission of a robbery.
The incident occurred April 29, 2011, when Myers walked into the pharmacy demanding drugs and shot Dyapa once in the chest when the victim refused to comply.
Myers fled from the murder scene and allegedly committed a robbery in Falls Township, Pennsylvania, one week later on May 6, 2011. Myers then robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store in Hamilton on May 7, 2011, and was quickly arrested by Hamilton Police Officer Mark Horan.
Myers sat at the Mercer County Correction Center for over six years while his murder case played out in court. He pleaded guilty last November to first-degree murder and a judge earlier this month sentenced him to state prison.
Authorities discharged the self-confessed killer from the county jail on Monday and transferred him to the Central Reception and Assignment Facility in Ewing, records show. The institution is better known as CRAF and will ultimately assign Myers to one of the nine correctional facilities for men operated by the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
Myers will be 55 years old when released from the big house, because his parole eligibility coincides with a maximum release date of May 5, 2041. He got credit for serving 2,253 days at the county jail prior to his prison sentence.
With the state of New Jersey having compelling evidence against him and Myers seeing the writing on the wall, he pleaded guilty to the Hamilton robbery and Trenton murder charges on Nov. 29, 2016. Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier on July 7 sentenced Myers to concurrent terms of 30 years for the murder and 12 years for the Hamilton robbery.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania authorities still have pending charges against Myers. The killer was scheduled to stand trial earlier this month in Bucks County Common Pleas Court for his Falls Township robbery case, but the trial was effectively postponed due to Myers being unavailable.
The murder victim Arjun Dyapa was survived by a wife and daughter. He was a Hamilton resident and had operated the Brunswick Pharmacy for more than a decade.