Self-confessed Trenton killer gets 17 for slaying Zaire Gibbs

A cold-blooded killer is going to state prison.

Seth Z. Bowers

Seth Z. Bowers

Seth Bowers, 22, of Trenton, has been sentenced to 17 years of incarceration for shooting and killing 25-year-old Zaire Gibbs in the capital city last year.

Originally charged with murder and weapons offenses, Bowers pleaded guilty a few months ago to one count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter. He confessed to shooting Gibbs about 3:50 p.m. June 1, 2016, during an altercation on Washington Street in Trenton. The victim died 24 hours later at the hospital from his mortal wounds.

Known criminal

The self-confessed killer is well-known to law-enforcement. Trenton Police Detective Gregory Hollo arrested Bowers on Dec. 21, 2015, in connection with a robbery that occurred on that date. He eventually pleaded guilty to first-degree armed robbery.

Zaire Gibbs

Zaire Gibbs

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Thomas Brown on Wednesday sentenced Bowers to 17 years of incarceration for the homicide and 10 years of incarceration for the armed robbery. He will serve out the sentences concurrently and must serve at least 85 percent of his sentences behind bars and will be subjected to five years of parole supervision.

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