A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for fatally beating a college student with a baseball bat because he thought the teen had laughed at him.

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A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for fatally beating a college student with a baseball bat because he thought the teen had laughed at him.

Thirty-two-year-old Alberto Martinez had been convicted of murder in the 2010 attack in Wildwood. Authorities have said Martinez was a homeless, unemployed laborer who got around on a bike and had been seen previously carrying a bat.

Nineteen-year-old Vincent DeSario, of Edison, died two weeks after being struck in the head.

He and two friends had been walking along a Wildwood street when one of them tripped, causing them to laugh. Witnesses say Martinez angrily approached the group and swung the bat, hitting DeSario.

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Martinez was sentenced Tuesday. The Press of Atlantic City reports (http://bit.ly/1caHblk ) he won’t be eligible for parole for about 40 years.

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