A gangster whose .45 misfired during a robbery-murder was sentenced to the same 22 year prison sentence Tuesday as the accomplice who emptied his gun into the victim that day in 2007.
Taariq Miller, 23, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for his failed role in the killing of Naquan Archie, 18, who was hit with bullets fired by accomplice Willie Yeager on March 26 more than seven years ago. Read more
Zihqwan Clemens was offered 30 years in prison Wednesday for his alleged role as getaway driver in the shooting murder of father of 10 Andre Corbett in January 2013.
Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Tom Meidt said authorities have video and eyewitness evidence linking Clemons, 25, and the suspected triggerman, 23-year-old Keith Wells-Holmes. Read more
A suspected killer rolled the dice Tuesday by rejecting a 24-year prison term and deciding to go to trial for murder which carries a 63-year sentence if convicted.
Kevin Boone is accused of gunning down and killing David Lewis III during a dice game the evening of July 17, 2012, along East Paul Avenue in Trenton’s North Ward. Read more
Robert Bartley apologized and pleaded guilty Thursday to shooting and killing James Austin, son of a veteran Trenton cop, in the doorway of the victim’s home on Feb. 26, 2013.
In return for his plea to aggravated manslaughter, Bartley, 23, will be sentenced to 25 years in prison, with no chance for parole until he’s done 21 years and three months.
“I want to apologize to the family,” Bartley said as he turned to the audience in the courtroom of Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier. Read more
New Jersey’s “excessive punishment panel’’ of learned judges couldn’t get Tamrah Leonard’s killer, Lamar Warren, a break on his 39-year sentence.
Superior Court appeals judges Paulette Sapp-Peterson, Trenton’s own, and Jack Sabatino sent the Warren case back to Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mark Fleming for “reconsideration.’’ Read more
A judge rejected a plea Tuesday to take nine years off the 39 the admitted triggerman got for the drive-by killing of 13-year-old Tamrah Leonard on June 7, 2009.
Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mark Fleming said an appeals court panel might have mistakenly ruled that the gun charge Lamar Warren also pleaded guilty to should have been merged with the murder for sentencing purposes.
“There are no free crimes,’’ said Fleming. Read more
A city man who is serving an 18-year sentence in Northern State Prison in Newark was charged last week in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Omar Murphy. Read more
A man accused of shooting and killing Enrico Smalley Jr. was arrested in Essex County last week after he allegedly shot a man in the face during a carjacking in Newark.
Prosecutors disclosed that information on the record Friday at Shaheed Brown’s bail hearing, and said that Brown was not charged with the Newark shooting because the victim, who is a Trenton resident, chose not to press charges.
“The victim didn’t want to move forward with pressing charges,” Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Brian McCauley said. Read more
One of the three men charged in connection with the shooting death of Rayshawn Ransom pled guilty Tuesday to one count of attempted murder.
A city man has been indicted in connection with the 2013 shooting death of 61-year-old Berkley McDaniel.
Around 8:45 p.m. on June 9, 2013, police found McDaniel lying on the sidewalk in the 400 block of Stuyvesant Avenue suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. McDaniel was pronounced dead at the scene.
In January, Dashawn Bethea, 25, was arrested in connection with McDaniel’s death. And a Mercer County grand jury returned a five-count indictment last week charging Bethea with first-degree murder, second-degree aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a handgun and certain persons not to possess a weapon. Read more