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Morristown Grandmother's Killer Won't Have Prison Term Shortened

James Vaughn's plea to reduce life sentence rejected by Superior Court judge, report says.

Eleven years after shooting and killing a Morristown woman and wounding another, James Vaughn’s plea for a shortened prison term won’t be granted after a ruling in Superior Court Monday.

The Irvington man, who was sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years, will continue to serve that term, according to nj.com. The report said Vaughn’s public defender requested his client’s sentenced be reduced to the minimum of 30 years.

Vaughn is currently 62-years-old.

Vaughn was convicted of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend in Essex County in 1980, the report said. In the 2003 murder of Maxine McCaden of Morristown, Vaughn was committing a burglary when the shooting occurred, the report said.

He was also found guilty of attempted murder when he turned the gun on Ruth Bernadette Kennedy, McCaden’s daughter, with whom he had a relationship with, nj.com reported. 

Brenda Carter April 30, 2014 at 02:39 PM
My most heartfelt prayers go out to Bunn McCaden and her family - James Vaughn needs to complete his life sentene and then "rot in hell" for the terrible crimes he committed - BRAVO for the Judge for seeing that justice be done - love to you Bunny :)
Geoff Cabral May 03, 2014 at 07:46 AM
You're very fortunate to be such a forgiving person. If a monster had killed anyone I love, I couldn't accept that "life in prison" is justice. I'm very sorry for your loss, but gladened that you are at peace.

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