Franklin Township Barbershop Murder Suspect Gets 35 Years in Prison

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A 35-year-old Augusta Georgia man who was convicted of murdering another inside a Franklin Township Barbershop in November of 2020 has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on Tuesday. His accomplice received a 10-year prison sentence.

Tayyab A. Ware, age 31, of Meadowbrook Drive, Augusta, Georgia and Co-Defendant Todd C. Smith, age 32, of Truman Drive, Edison have both been sentenced under the No Early Release Act.

According to Prosecutor Taggart, on February 15, 2022 defendant Ware was convicted by a Somerset County Jury of First Degree Murder, First Degree Felony Murder, First Degree Robbery, Second Degree Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Second Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Second Degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun. The 35-year sentence was imposed on the murder charge with other sentences for the lesser crimes either merging or running concurrent to the top charge. Co-defendant Smith pled guilty to Robbery for his role in the incident.

According to police records, on Monday, November 2, 2020, at approximately 8:41 p.m., Franklin Township Police responded to numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting a shooting victim inside of a barbershop located on Hamilton Street, Somerset section of Franklin Township, New Jersey.

“Responding Officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound inside of the establishment. Franklin Township Police Officers immediately began to administer lifesaving measures along with responding emergency medical personnel,” police said in a statement. “The victim, whom authorities identified as Denny Sanchez, age 34, from Franklin Park, New Jersey was transported to an area trauma center where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.”

On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at approximately 7:50 a.m. Tayyab Ware was apprehended without incident at a residence in Augusta, Georgia by members of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Atlanta Field Office. Ware was charged with 1st degree Murder, 1st degree Robbery, and 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Defendant Ware was subsequently extradited back to New Jersey by Somerset County authorities.