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Flowers found guilty in 2012 fatal gas station robbery

He faces a sentence of 30 years to life

BELVIDERE, N.J. - The man accused in the 2012 fatal New Jersey gas station robbery was found guilty Wednesday.

After days of deliberations, Zachary Flowers was convicted of one count of felony murder, one count of armed robbery, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and one count of possession of a weapon (shotgun).

The jury acquitted Flowers of one count of unlawful possession of a weapon, which was a BB gun.

Officials said Flowers, his sister and two friends planned to rob the BP gas station in Phillipsburg, New Jersey in 2012. After they stole cash, gas station attendant Kismathdas Kasam was shot in the leg with a shotgun and died at the hospital two days later. 

Co-defendant Andrew Torres is serving a 40-year sentence after having been found guilty of armed robbery and felony murder.

Zachary's sister, Alexis, and her boyfriend David Beagell took plea deals for shorter sentences.

Flowers faces a sentence of 30 years to life in New Jersey State Prison for the crime of felony murder, 10-20 years for armed robbery, five to 10 years for possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, five to 10 years for conspiracy to commit robbery, and three to five years for unlawful possession of a weapon (shotgun). 

Flowers' sentencing will be Jan. 12. 


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