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PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVE FOR YEAR 2017
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DATE:  12/26/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Adalberto Garcia, Ramon Vega

Dec. 26, 2017
Two Men Convicted in Sophisticated Drug Distribution Case

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Adalberto Garcia, 27, and Ramon Vega, 58, both of Newark, on 17 counts of conspiracy, drug possession and distribution following a five-day trial before the Honorable Martin G. Cronin, Judge of the Superior Court.

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DATE:  12/19/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Rahdi Richardson

Dec. 18, 2017
Man Sentenced to 29 Years for Killing Inmate in Jail

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Rahdi Richardson, 34, has been sentenced to 29 years in New Jersey State Prison for killing his cellmate Desmond Sanders, 27, of Newark.

On Sept. 1, 2013 Sanders was discovered deceased inside of his jail cell with his cellmate, Richardson, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/14/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Terrell Haywood

Dec. 14, 2017
Irvington Man Found Guilty of Murder

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Terrell Haywood, 28, of Irvington was found guilty of murdering 23-year-old Kharey Reynolds following a two-week trial before the Honorable Alfonso J. Cifelli, Judge of the Superior Court.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Jacqueline Bilinkas, who tried the case, on March 18, 2014 around 12:30 in . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/14/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Judson Porter

Dec. 14, 2017
Irvington Man Found Guilty of Carjacking

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Judson Porter, 22, of Irvington of carjacking and nine other counts following a three-day trial before the Honorable John Zunic, Judge of the Superior Court.

On Jan. 27 of this year Porter, while wearing a mask, approached a silver . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/11/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Durrell Hearn

Dec. 11, 2017
Essex County Jury Convicts Man of Murder and Robbery

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Durrell Hearn, 26, of Newark of murdering Tykwan Crenshaw during a robbery a chicken restaurant, following a one-week trial before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court.

Assistant Prosecutor Carlo Fioranelli, who tried . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  12/1/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Kanem Williamson

Dec. 1, 2017

Newark Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Killing Young Mother

Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Kanem Williamson, 22, of Newark was sentenced to 25 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Siobhan Teare, Judge of the Superior Court, for killing of Amera Bell, a 35-year-old Newark mother, who was shot outside her Bradley . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/16/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Kyon Coleman

Nov. 16, 2017
Man Admits Witness Tampering

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Kyon Coleman, 20, of Newark pled guilty to one count of witness tampering and two counts of second degree aggravated assault before the Honorable Martin G. Cronin, Judge of the Superior Court.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, he is expected to be sentenced to seven years . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/8/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Cory Robinson

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Cory Robinson, 26, of Newark pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the fatal shooting of Edwin Gibson, 32, of East Orange.

Under the terms of the plea agreement Robinson must serve 18 years before he is eligible for parole. After parole, he must remain on parole supervision for five more years, according to . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/6/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Sandro Vargas

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that the Honorable Siobhan Teare, Judge of the Superior Court, sentenced Sandro Vargas, 46, of Irvington to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison for the murder of Patricia Hiciano.

Hiciano, a 37-year-old mother of four, was fatally strangled by Vargas in March of 2015. When Hiciano failed to return from her job at El Merengue . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  11/3/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Anthony Buono

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Newark Police Captain Anthony Buono, 62, of Millstone pled guilty to one count of computer theft today before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court.

In 2015, Buono and former Newark police officer Dino D’Elia, 52, of Newark were charged with two counts of computer theft and one count of conspiracy for . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/27/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Gery Destra

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Gery Destra, 21, of Maplewood, of sexually assaulting a seven year-old girl.

“It took a great deal of bravery and courage for the child to come to court, much less talk about something so traumatizing before the jury,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Lyons-Boswick, who tried the case.

Following a trial before the Honorable Verna . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/13/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Kanem Williamson

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Kanem Williamson, 22, of Newark of aggravated manslaughter for shooting a woman at the Bradley Court housing community in Newark.

Following a trial before the Honorable Siobhan Teare, Judge of the Superior Court, Williamson was convicted today of aggravated manslaughter, a first-degree crime which carries a sentence of 10 . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/10/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Hanif Thompson, Karif Ford

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that the two remaining defendants in the Short Hill Mall carjacking murder from December 2013 entered guilty pleas today.

Karif Ford, 35, of Newark and Hanif Thompson, 32, of Irvington pled guilty to their respective roles in the crime that resulted in the death of 30-year-old Hoboken lawyer Dustin Friedland.

Ford and Thompson were part of a . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  10/4/2017
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Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is urging parents to take proper precautions to protect children in the wake of three baby deaths over a 40-hour period last week.

Parents should avoid sleeping with very young children and make sure they have cribs or bassinets.

“In a 40-hour period there were three baby deaths in Essex County. . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  9/26/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Shawn Rainey

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced that Shawn Rainey, 20, of Newark pled guilty today just as the jury was about to begin deliberations in his robbery trial.

Following a two week-trial before the Honorable Michael A. Petrolle, Judge of the Superior Court, Rainey pled  guilty to one count of robbery, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon and one count of . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  9/25/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Kevin Jones-Ward

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced that Kevin Jones-Ward, 31, of Irvington was sentenced today to four years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Michael A. Petrolle, Judge of the Superior Court.

Ward-Jones was arrested on June 22, 2016, following an investigation conducted by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the New Jersey State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/28/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Ivery Brinson

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Ivery Brinson, 30, of Newark was sentenced to life in New Jersey State Prison today for killing mini-mart owner Narendrak Patel, 52, of Parsippany.

In June of this year an Essex County jury convicted Brinson of aggravated manslaughter, conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, felony murder, conspiracy to commit carjacking, carjacking, unlawful possession of a weapon . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  8/15/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Uvaldo Melgar

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today Uvaldo Melgar, 46, of Newark was sentenced to 18 years in state prison for sexually assaulting two young girls.

“This sentence brings finality and a sense of closure to the victims and their families,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Peter Polidoro, who tried the case.

Following a three-week trial, on Nov. 17, 2016, Melgar was convicted of one count . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  7/28/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Bomani Duncan

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Bomani Duncan, 20, of Bloomfield entered a guilty plea, admitting to using Twitter to recruit gang members and sell guns. He also pled guilty to possession of a handgun.

Assistant Prosecutor Joseph A. Giordano, who handled the case, said under the terms of the plea agreement entered before the Honorable John Gizzo, Judge of the . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/27/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Edwin Andujar

June 23, 2017
Essex County Jury Convicts Belleville Man

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Edwin Andujar, 53, of Belleville of murder for fatally stabbing his roommate Thomas Parent, 59, also of Belleville.

“This defendant brutally stabbed the victim 12 times as he sat defenseless in his wheelchair. It was an unthinkable, cowardly, intentional . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/23/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Ivery Brinson

June 22, 2017
Newark Man Found Guilty of Murdering Irvington Mini-Market Owner

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Ivery Brinson, 29, of Newark of aggravated manslaughter for killing Narendrak Patel, 52, of Parsippany.

Following a trial before the Honorable John Zunic, Judge of the Superior Court, in addition to aggravated manslaughter, Brinson was also . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/23/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Peter Kopic

June 21, 2017

Passaic Man Enters Guilty Plea at Start Home Invasion Trial

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Peter Kopic, 38, of Passaic pled guilty to an Irvington home invasion robbery, one day after the start of his trial before the Honorable Siobhan A. Teare, Judge of the Superior Court.

Kopic entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to commit burglary, . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  6/23/2017
DEFENDANT(s):
Andre Higgs

June 22, 2017
Watchung Man Found Guilty in East Orange Murder of Teacher

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Andre Higgs, 45, of Watchung of the murder of Latrena May, 27, a teacher at Pride Academy Charter School in East Orange.

Following a jury trial before the Honorable Ronald Wigler, the Essex County . . . READxMORE


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DATE:  5/18/2017
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May 18, 2017
REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION IN COLD HOMICIDE CASE

Newark – Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Newark Liberty International Airport employee Bruce Santos, 26, of Newark.

During the evening hours of Feb. 27, 2013 Santos was shot in downtown Newark . . . READxMORE


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