New Jersey Man Sentenced to 375 Years in Prison for Killing Woman and Two Children Over Facebook Post

Syasia McBurroughs, Ariel Whitehurst and Al-Jahon Whitehurst | CREDIT: FACEBOOK; GOFUNDME (2)

A New Jersey man was sentenced to 375 years in prison for the 2016 murders of two children and a college student and the stabbings of three others — crimes so heinous the judge called the bloody scene a “house of horrors.”

On Friday, Judge Ronald Wigler sentenced Jeremy Arrington, 32, to three consecutive life sentences for fatally stabbing Ariel Little Whitehurst, 7, and her brother, Al-Jahon Whitehurst, 11, and fatally shooting college student Syasia McBurroughs, 23, a friend of the family who happened to be visiting their home on November 5, 2016, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said in a release.


Arrington, who had known the victims for years, attacked the family after he became enraged about a Facebook comment, prosecutors said. One of the stabbing victims had reposted an alert on Facebook about Arrington being wanted in connection with a previous shooting and sexual assault, reported.

Furious, Arrington broke into the Whitehurst’s apartment in Newark with a loaded firearm.

He tied up everyone inside and “proceeded to torture them by stabbing them with kitchen knives,” the prosecutor’s office said in the release.

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