S. Jersey gang leader sentenced in torture murders

CAMDEN, N.J. - October 15, 2011

Twenty-five-year-old Kuasheim Powell had pleaded guilty in August to two counts of murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Muriah Huff of Cinnaminson and 23-year-old Michael Hawkins of Mount Holly.

Powell received 30-year concurrent terms Friday for those slayings, along with 20-year concurrent terms for his role in the shootings of two Pennsauken brothers in an unrelated incident.

Prosecutors say several people attacked Huff and Hawkins before they were killed in February 2010 in a Camden rowhouse and buried in a shallow grave in the backyard.

Huff's family members asked the judge to throw out Powell's plea deal, saying he deserved a life term.

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