Teen boy: I killed an immigrant in Trenton’s Chambersburg section

The North Jersey teenager who stabbed and killed 27-year-old Carlos Leiva-Oviedo during a June 2016 Chambersburg attack will serve at least one decade of hard time behind bars.

Carlos Leiva-Oviedo

Carlos Leiva-Oviedo

Danny Saad, 16, of Newark, has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter, admitting he killed the hardworking Honduran immigrant during a visit to New Jersey’s capital city. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Saad was originally charged with murder, armed robbery and weapons offenses in connection with the slaying, which occurred near the intersection of Hudson and Genesee streets during the early morning hours of June 14, 2016.

Detective Roberto Reyes of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, with assistance from other agencies, arrested Saad at a relative’s house in Newark on July 6, 2016. Saad was 15 at the time of his juvenile arrest and turned 16 in May shortly after prosecutors charged him as an adult.

A Mercer County grand jury on June 23 indicted Saad on multiple counts, including first-degree murder, but the counts of murder, armed robbery and weapons offenses in the indictment will be disposed of when he is sentenced later this year for aggravated manslaughter. Those are the terms of the plea agreement, which Saad accepted on Oct. 2 when he voluntarily came forward as a self-confessed killer.

The homicide victim Carlos Leiva-Oviedo was an immigrant from Honduras who moved to Trenton circa 2014 to earn money for his family, most of whom still live in Honduras. He was the father of a young child and provided for his family by working in Trenton as a roofer.

Weeks after the slaying, authorities released a still image and surveillance video of two men who were said to be connected to the homicide case. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office previously disclosed that the video and image released to the media by police in July 2016 “helped investigators identify Saad” and solve the case, which suggests Saad acted alone and had no accomplices.

Authorities were trying to locate these men in connection with the June 2016 murder of Carlos Leiva-Oviedo. This still image helped police identify Danny Saad as the killer.

Authorities were trying to locate these men in connection with the June 2016 homicide of Carlos Leiva-Oviedo. This still image helped police identify Danny Saad as the killer. (SUBMITTED IMAGE)

Saad is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 8 before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert Bingham II. He could receive as low as 10 years of incarceration and as much as 30 years in the slammer for pleading guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter.

If Saad took his case to trial and received guilty verdicts on the heavy charges, he would have faced a minimum of 30 years and a maximum of 75 years behind bars.

Defense attorney Harley D. Breite is representing Saad while Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Stacey Geurds is prosecuting him on behalf of the state.

Staff writer Penny Ray contributed to this report. 

Jilted ex-girlfriend gets 17 years for killing Paris France Way in vicious stabbing

The city woman who killed her ex-boyfriend in a May 2015 East Trenton stabbing attack has received 17 years of state imprisonment.

Charlotte Carman, 40, was originally charged with first-degree murder for fatally plunging a knife into the lung of 33-year-old Paris France Way but pleaded guilty earlier this year to a downgraded charge of aggravated manslaughter.

Charlotte Carman (left) and Paris France Way

Charlotte Carman (left) and Paris France Way

Four of Way’s loved ones, including his mother and two sons, cried on the courtroom podium Friday afternoon as they spoke at Carman’s sentencing hearing about the pain of their loss. Read more

Gunman who killed Trenton rapper ‘Young Farr’ pleads guilty

Wayne Bush (left) and Jafar “Young Farr” Lewis

Wayne Bush (left) and Jafar “Young Farr” Lewis

The gunman who shot and killed Trenton hip-hop lyricist Jafar “Young Farr” Lewis over four years ago has now fessed up, abruptly ending his presumption of innocence in a lingering homicide case that previously ended in a mistrial.

Wayne Bush pleaded guilty last Friday to second-degree reasonable provocation manslaughter for slaying the 26-year-old rap artist on Aug. 23, 2013.

“He still wanted to go to trial, but his family was very much in favor of him taking the offer,” defense attorney John Furlong said of his client Bush. Read more

Tisheen Mack’s alleged killer gets released from jail with pretrial ankle monitor

Jihad Jenks

Jihad Jenks

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the July 23 shooting death of Tisheen Rasheen Mack and then was released from jail on electronically monitored home detention after a judge blasted the state’s handling of the case.

Jihad “Jay” Jenks, 23, of Ewing, has been charged with second-degree provoked manslaughter and weapons offenses on allegations he shot and killed 26-year-old Mack “in the heat of passion” on the 800 block of East State Street.

Mack had a gun on him on the night he was slain, according to police sources. Police charged Jenks on Aug. 2 but failed to justify the charges in an affidavit of probable cause — a mind-boggling omission that prompted Mercer County Superior Court Judge Peter Warshaw to denounce the state’s prosecutorial practices.

“The only place where this defendant’s name appears in this complaint is in the portion of the complaint that lists the name of the defendant. How do I find probable cause based upon an affidavit of probable cause which doesn’t even mention the defendant?” Warshaw said at Jenks’ Aug. 29 detention hearing. “This is completely and totally unacceptable.”Read more

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Wilma Rutledge (Facebook Photo)

Wilma Rutledge (Facebook Photo)

A 58-year-old woman who died Friday afternoon from senseless gun violence outside the North 25 housing complex has been identified as Wilma Rutledge, who lived on Carver Lane where the shooting occurred.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday had no additional updates on the shooting that also left a 14-year-old city girl injured with gunshot wounds that were not considered to be life-threatening.

The incident occurred about 3:10 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Carver Lane and North Willow Street. Both shooting victims were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by private means. Rutledge was pronounced dead at the hospital while the teenager was last reported to be in stable condition, officials said.
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Trenton and Mercer County cops close in on Jamer Greenfield’s killer

TRENTON >> Talaya Greenfield might finally know who killed her son.

Talaya Greenfield grasps a portrait of her son, taken when he was young boy. (Isaac Avilucea - The Trentonian)

Talaya Greenfield grasps a portrait of her son, taken when he was young boy. (Isaac Avilucea - The Trentonian)

Sworn court papers filed this month in the ongoing lawsuit the Trenton woman brought against the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and city police last year suggest authorities are close to making arrests.

James Scott, an assistant prosecutor who heads the homicide unit, said in a certification there are “potentially identifiable suspects” in the murder of Jamer Greenfield, who was gunned down in Trenton in July 2014.

The unsolved case has dragged on for more than three years but is drawing to a close as the county homicide task force appears close to nabbing its targets.

“It is necessary for the MHTF to conduct additional interviews before the case will be in a position for review and potential issuance of arrest warrants and subsequent presentation to a grand jury for indictment(s),” Scott wrote. Read more

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Randy K. Washington

Randy K. Washington

“Now on Thursday, June 29, 2017, I hit my attorney, but when I hit her, I did not advance toward her, I just waited for the sheriff to come handcuff me,” Washington says in his lawsuit filed Sept. 19. He then accuses the sheriff’s officers of tackling him on a table, slamming him to the ground and breaking a bone in his hand.

“I did not receive treatment until about six weeks after it was noted my hand was broken,” Washington says in his lawsuit, “causing further psychological harm from the pain and mental anguish, emotional distress caused by insomnia from disputes with prison officers about pain medication, violating my Eighth Amendment rights.”Read more

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Randy Kareem Washington

Randy Kareem Washington

Pereksta sentenced Washington in absentia to serve 85 percent of his term — nearly 60 years behind bars — before he can become eligible for parole.

The sentence was consistent with what prosecutors recommended, although Johnson’s family members wanted Washington to get hammered with the maximum penalty of life imprisonment without parole, which New Jersey state law defines as 75 years of incarceration.Read more

Co-defendants in Elvin Kimble homicide case receive prison time

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Originally arrested on heavy murder charges, Gary Spears, 35, of Trenton, pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter and has been sentenced to 10 years of incarceration while co-defendant Jermaine Johnson, 41, of Ewing, pleaded guilty to third-degree hindering prosecution and has been sentenced to five years behind bars.

Gary Spears (left) and Jermaine Johnson

Gary Spears (left) and Jermaine Johnson

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