Teen boy gets 18 years for slaying immigrant

Justice has been served in the June 2016 stabbing death of 27-year-old Honduran immigrant Carlos Leiva-Oviedo.

Danny Saad, the 16-year-old boy who had confessed to the Chambersburg slaying, received an 18-year prison sentence last Friday. He previously pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter on Oct. 2.

This surveillance video still image helped police arrest Danny Saad as the attacker who stabbed Carlos Leiva-Oviedo to death. (Submitted image)

This surveillance video still image helped police arrest Danny Saad as the attacker who stabbed Carlos Leiva-Oviedo to death last year. (Submitted image)

Saad was originally charged with murder, armed robbery and weapons offenses in connection with the homicide, which occurred near the intersection of Hudson and Genesee streets during the early morning hours of June 14, 2016. Leiva-Oviedo suffered multiple stab wounds and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

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. Saad himself is a Newark resident.

The homicide victim 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.

Carlos Leiva-Oviedo

Carlos Leiva-Oviedo

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.

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert Bingham II sentenced Saad last Friday to 18 years of incarceration to be followed by five years of parole supervision. He must serve 85 percent of his prison term minus 519 days of jail credit, according to court records.

Following his sentencing last Friday, court records show that Saad had a second sentencing hearing on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear why Saad had to undergo a second round of sentencing for the same case, but it could have been to correct a mistake in the record.

Erroneous court records on Wednesday indicated that Saad was sentenced for first-degree murder — a crime that carries a punishment of 30 years to life in prison — but he had actually pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of first-degree aggravated manslaughter in a deal that called for all other charges against him to be dismissed.

Self-confessed killer get 7 years for slaying Trenton rapper Young Farr

Self-confessed killer Wayne Bush has finally arrived at his new home — New Jersey State Prison in Trenton — for slaying a capital city rap artist in a grisly 2013 shooting.

Wayne Bush (New Jersey Department of Corrections Photo)

Wayne Bush (New Jersey Department of Corrections Photo)

The state’s judiciary on Dec. 1 slapped Bush with seven years of incarceration for the homicide. Bush, 39, was originally charged with murder and weapons offenses but pleaded guilty Oct. 6 to an amended count of second-degree manslaughter committed recklessly.

Bush armed himself with a pistol and fired a kill shot that ripped through the skull of Jafar “Young Farr” Lewis during the evening of Aug. 23, 2013. The incident occurred on Middle Rose Street near Brunswick Avenue in Trenton’s North Ward. The hip-hop lyricist was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Read more

Trenton man arrested in Ewing man’s murder

Wade Williams

Wade Williams

A city man was charged with the September slaying of a Ewing man.

Authorities announced they arrested Wade J. Williams, 42, in connection with the murder of 51-year-old Tyrone King. The Sept. 17 killing was described by police as an isolated incident that happened during a stretch that included two other murders, capped by the gunning down of King.

King, who originally hailed from North Trenton and was known as “Big Face,” was described by friends as a “good dude” and a “humble person” murdered following a senseless spat with someone inside a car. Read more

Hamilton woman charged with 2016 Lyft murder admits theft conspiracy, gets released from jail

One of the women charged with accomplice liability murder in connection with last year’s Lyft rideshare homicide has been released from jail after pleading guilty to a theft conspiracy charge.

Dominique Richter

Dominique Richter

Dominique Richter, 32, of Hamilton, was originally facing a possible 30 years to life in prison on allegations she aided and abetted the November 2016 shooting death of 27-year-old Amber Dudley. Now Richter could be sentenced to as low as three years of incarceration or as much as five years for pleading guilty to a third-degree nonviolent crime.

Dudley, a Collingswood resident, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest as a rideshare passenger caught in the middle of a grisly robbery-turned-murder plot in Trenton’s North Ward 12 months ago. Prosecutors said Richter was involved in a conspiracy to lure a Lyft rideshare vehicle into the capital city for the purposes of promoting a theft scheme. Read more

Prosecutors: Alleged killers celebrated after North 25 murder

The alleged getaway driver in the North 25 housing complex shooting that killed a city woman and injured a 14-year-old girl last month was “celebrating” shortly after the homicide, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Togbah Kpehe

Togbah Kpehe

Togbah Kpehe, 23, is accused of aiding and abetting the murder of 58-year-old Wilma Rutledge. He borrowed a friend’s BMW and used the vehicle to transport the armed perpetrators to the North 25 area and interacted with them after the Oct. 6 slaying, authorities allege.

“I don’t dispute that my client gave a ride to those guys,” John Furlong, Kpehe’s defense attorney, said Thursday in court, adding his client had no advance knowledge of a murder plot and that there is “no evidence my client was a participant.” Read more

Cops arrest fifth defendant in North 25 murder case

A fifth person has been arrested in connection with the Oct. 6 shooting outside the North 25 housing complex that killed a city woman and injured a 14-year-old girl.

Convicted Trenton drug dealer Togbah Kpehe, 23, who recently served time in state prison for possessing and distributing narcotics, got re-arrested Monday and charged with accomplice liability murder and weapons offenses for his alleged role in the slaying of 58-year-old Wilma Rutledge.

Togbah Kpehe

Togbah Kpehe

Trenton Police Detective Scott Peterson of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force arrested Kpehe, the third adult to be charged in the case. Police last month arrested Trenton men Rahein McInnis, 32, and Zion Williams, 18, as well as two 16-year-old teens whom prosecutors have not identified because they are juveniles.

In addition to killing Rutledge, a local grandmother, the wild afternoon shooting outside the North 25 housing complex also injured a 14-year-old girl. Read more

Trenton man accused of revenge killing indicted by grand jury

Leroy Tutt

Leroy Tutt

A man accused of killing someone who previously shot him in the butt has been indicted on murder and weapons offenses.

A Mercer County grand jury indicted Leroy Tutt last week in connection with the revenge killing of 19-year-old Nebate Kalil Washington, also known as Nebate Anderson.

Washington was gunned down on June 30 across the street from his home in the first block of Sanford Street, where police found him lying on the ground between two vehicles. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more

Co-defendant who robbed 2014 homicide victim gets 7 years

A co-defendant charged in connection with the 2014 homicide of Julio Cesar Cruz has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for robbing the victim while the other defendant in the case is currently incarcerated in state prison for causing the man’s death.

Dante Martin (left) and Michael Holman

Dante Martin (left) and Michael Holman

Dante Martin, 22, was originally charged with murder during the commission of a crime but pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in September and on Friday received his formal punishment. Read more

Lawyer: Co-defendant in North 25 murder case was previously shot, suffers depression

Alleged killer Zion Williams has personal experience with handling weapons and getting shot.

Zion Williams

Zion Williams

Williams, who was arrested last week in connection with the Oct. 6 murder of 58-year-old Wilma Rutledge, was adjudicated last year for being a juvenile in unlawful possession of a handgun and was hospitalized earlier this year after surviving gunshot wounds, according to statements made in court.

Defense attorney Robin Lord, who is representing Williams, said her client was shot several months ago and “almost died from that injury.”

Prosecutors say surveillance video captured Williams pointing a handgun in the direction of the victim who died in the Oct. 6 shooting at the North 25 housing complex. In addition to killing Rutledge, a local grandmother, the wild afternoon shooting also injured a 14-year-old girl. Read more

Fourth arrest made in North 25 Housing murder

Rahein McInnis

A fourth man was arrested and charged in a double shooting that left one woman dead and injured a teenager outside the North 25 Housing complex this month.

Rahein McInnis, 32, of Trenton, was arrested in a vehicle on Country Lane in Ewing around 9 p.m. Wednesday night by members of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the U.S. Marshals.

He is charged with murder and related offenses along with 18-year-old Zion Williams and two 16-year-old teens whom prosecutors have not identified because they are underage. Read more