Gunman who killed Taquan McNeil gets 5 years

Naquan Green

Naquan Green

A self-confessed killer will literally serve only a few years behind bars for shooting and killing 25-year-old Taquan McNeil in 2015.

Naquan Green, 29, of Trenton, was sentenced to five years of incarceration last Friday. Superior Court Judge Darlene Pereksta imposed the sentence, which requires Green to serve 85 percent of the sentence in state prison before he can become eligible for parole, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Green shot McNeil three times during a botched drug deal Feb. 15, 2015, on the 100 block of Boudinot Street in Trenton. He was arrested March 4, 2015, and later indicted on counts charging him with murder and weapons offenses. But Green pleaded guilty to reduced charges on May 26 after agreeing to a plea bargain offered by the state — fessing up to second-degree manslaughter committed recklessly.

Taquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton (Mercer County Prosecutor's Office Photo)

Taquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton (Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Photo)

A seasoned criminal, Green has multiple state and federal convictions, including for a 2005 drug offense as a juvenile. He was sentenced to three years in state prison in 2012 for a 2009 aggravated assault. The state had active drug charges and weapons offenses pending against Green but dismissed all of those counts as part of his plea bargain in the homicide case.

In addition to being sentenced to five years of incarceration, Green will also be subjected to three years of parole supervision after serving his time in state prison.

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