Man gets 75 years for killing friend over Super Bowl bet

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Mug shot of Eddie Roberson courtesy of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office

NEWARK, N.J. (February 6, 2016) — A New Jersey man convicted of killing his longtime friend over a $700 Super Bowl bet has been sentenced to 75 years in prison.

NJ.com reports Newark resident Eddie Roberson was sentenced Friday for the killing of Bloomfield resident Talif Crowley over a bet on the 2013 Super Bowl.

Prosecutors say Roberson didn’t want to pay Crowley after losing the bet when the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens. They say he believed the 49ers were cheated in the 34-31 loss.

Roberson was accused of shooting Crowley six times during a street confrontation two days after the game. He was convicted of murder.

The 31-year-old Roberson must serve nearly 64 years before becoming eligible for parole. He says he’s sorry for the Crowley family’s loss but maintains he’s not the killer.

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