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Suspect pleads not guilty in NJ ex-mayor’s robbery

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A man has pleaded not guilty to charges of robbing the former mayor of New Jersey’s largest city.

Alhafeez Williams is accused of putting 77-year-old former Newark Mayor Sharpe James in a chokehold and stealing a gold chain and cross from him on Thursday afternoon. The former mayor was not injured.

The 20-year-old remains held on $50,000 bail after his court appearance Monday.

James said he will not be pressing charges. James told The Associated Press last week that he thinks Williams should be given a job, guidance and mentoring.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says the case will proceed through the courts.

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