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PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVE FOR YEAR 2019
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DATE:  12/31/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Gustavo Palomo

Dec. 30, 2019
Newark Man Enters Guilty Plea in Vehicular Homicide

Newark—Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Gustavo Palomo, 39, of Newark pled guilty to first degree vehicular homicide for causing the death of 19-year-old Jaleel McCauley of Newark.

In exchange for his guilty plea, entered before the Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division, Palomo . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  12/24/2019
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Dec. 23, 2019
Essex County Jury Convicts Serial Killer on All Counts

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted serial killer Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 23, of Orange on three counts of murder in connection with the deaths of three young women he killed between August and November 2016 and the kidnapping, sexual assault, and attempted . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  11/27/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Hassan Todd

Nov. 22, 2019
Man Sentenced to 65 Years for Murder

Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that the Honorable Martin G. Cronin, Judge of the Superior Court, sentenced Hassan Todd, 31, of Newark to 65 years in New Jersey State Prison for the murder of Elijah Roberts, 30, also of Newark.
The defendant must serve 85 percent of his . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  11/27/2019
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Nov. 26, 2019
Allegations of Abuse at Essex County Jail Deemed Unfounded

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that the Professional Standards Bureau of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO), more commonly known as the Internal Affairs Unit, has concluded that claims made by two ICE detainees that they were abused while in custody were not supported by the evidence.

ICE . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  10/11/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Lateef Dennis

Oct. 10, 2019
Newark Man Sentenced to Six and Half Years for Aggravated Assault

Newark—Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Lateef Dennis, 40, of Newark was sentenced to six and a half years — the maximum sentence — on one count of aggravated assault on his uncle and one count of spitting on a police officer.

That sentence will run consecutive . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  10/11/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Willie C. Moore

Oct. 8, 2019
East Orange Man Convicted of Drug Distribution

Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Willie C. Moore, 40, currently of East Orange of eight counts of possession and possession with intent to distribute opioids, including oxycodone, endocet, alprazolam and heroin.

Following a trial before the Honorable Nancy Sivilli, Judge of the Superior . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  10/11/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Hasson Todd

Oct. 2, 2019
Man Convicted of Murder

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Hasson Todd, 31, of Newark of murdering Elijah Roberts, 30, also of Newark, following a trial before the Honorable Martin Cronin, Judge of the Superior Court.

The fatal shooting occurred on Sept. 22, 2018 outside a restaurant located in . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  10/11/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Woody Armand

Oct. 2, 2019
Bloomfield Man Convicted in Check Fraud Scheme

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Woody Armand, 44, of Bloomfield of unlawful possession of a handgun, trafficking in personal information, forgery, and unlawful possession of heroin and oxycodone, following a trial before the Honorable Verna Leath, Judge of the Superior Court.

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DATE:  10/11/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Carlos Green

Sept. 20, 2019
Man Sentenced to 14 Years for Vehicular Homicide

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Carlos Green, 44, of Irvington was sentenced by the Honorable Marysol Rosero, Judge of the Superior Court, to 14 years in New Jersey State Prison for striking and killing Billy Ray Dudley, 54, of East Orange,

Under the No Early Release Act, he . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  10/11/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Avril Richardson

Aug. 30, 2019
Northern State Corrections Officer Sentenced to Three Years Probation

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that former Northern State Prison corrections officer Avril D. Richardson, 46, of Elizabeth has been sentenced to three years probation by the Honorable Mark S. Ali, Judge of the Superior Court.

In addition to probation, Richardson was forced to forfeit her job . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  6/14/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Dashon Ross

June 14, 2019
Newark Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Unlawful Possession of a Handgun

Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Dashon Ross, 35, of Newark was sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Nancy Sivilli, Judge of the Superior Court. Under the Graves Act, Ross must serve 5 years before he is . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  6/13/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Wahiduddin Kimbrough

June 11, 2019
Man Convicted of Robbing Employee of Verizon Store

Newark – – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Wahiduddin Kimbrough, 34, of Newark of first-degree robbery, second degree conspiracy and third-degree attempted escape following a trial before the Honorable Michael Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Romil Devang . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  6/13/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Garrett Carter

June 4, 2019
Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Vehicular Homicide

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Garrett Carter, 52, of Newark was sentenced to 18 years in New Jersey State Prison yesterday after being convicted in March by an Essex County jury of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of Steven Dawkins, 39, of Orange.

Sentence was . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  6/13/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Carlos Green

May 23, 2019
Man Convicted of Vehicular Homicide

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Carlos Green, 44, of Irvington of vehicular homicide for striking and killing Billy Ray Dudley of East Orange following a trial before the Honorable Marysol Rosero, Judge of the Superior Court.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Brian Pollock, who handled . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  5/17/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Sondra Bell

May 15, 2019

A Former Employee of Rutgers Medical School Sentenced to Five Years

Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Sondra Bell, 55, of Newark was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison for stealing more than $87,000 from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where she was employed for 24 years as an administrative assistant.

Assistant Prosecutor . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  5/17/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Kenneth Palmer

May 7, 2019
Randolph Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Exposing Himself to School Children

Newark –Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Kenneth Palmer, a paraprofessional at Jefferson Elementary School in Maplewood, has been sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison for masturbating in the hallways of the school and taking an inappropriate photograph of a student.

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DATE:  5/17/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Sheedley Pierre

May 3, 2019
Essex County Jury Convicts Orange Man in Killing of Taxi Cab Driver

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Sheedley Pierre, 22, of felony murder, robbery, conspiracy, using a juvenile in a crime, and weapons offenses for his role in the killing of Jonas Larose, a 55-year-old East Orange taxi . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  3/29/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Zaki Jones

March 29, 2019
Newark Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder

Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced that Zaki Jones, 36, of Newark was sentenced to life in prison today by the Honorable Verna Leath, Judge of the Superior Court, for the murder of Naji Everett, 26, of Orange.

On Dec. 17, 2015 Jones fatally shot Everett outside of a home . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  3/1/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Nestor Francisco Canela Lopez

March 1, 2019
Handyman Sentenced to 50 Years for Bludgeoning Man to Death

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Nestor Francisco Canela Lopez, 40, of the Bronx was sentenced to 50 years in New Jersey State Prison for the murder of 64-year-old Charles Jeffrey of Newark.

The Honorable James W. Donohue, who described the attack on Jeffrey as . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  2/27/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Jeffrey Holland

Feb. 27, 2019
Triple Murderer Sentenced to 190 Years

Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Jeffrey Holland, 30, of East Orange was sentenced to 190 years in New Jersey State Prison for the murders of Tiniquah Rouse, 21, Ashley Jones, 23, and Jarrell Marshall, 28.

The victims, all residents of Newark, were killed over the course of two days in . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  2/21/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Kevin L. Jimenez

Feb. 21, 2019
Former Coach Admits Sexual Assault
Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Kevin L. Jimenez, 30, of Belleville has pled guilty to second degree sexual assault before the Honorable Sheila A. Venable, Judge of the Superior Court.
In entering his guilty plea, Jimenez admitted that while working as coach for a youth basketball team, he touched the . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  2/15/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Jarret Mceachin, Rasuan Foster, Zaki Jones

Feb. 13, 2019
Newark Man Convicted of Murdering Orange Man
Newark– Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Zaki Jones, 35, of Newark on all counts for the murder of Naji Everett, 26, of Orange.

On Dec. 17, 2015 Everett was fatally shot outside a residence in the 100 block of Joyce Street in West Orange. . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  2/7/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Nafee Cotman, Taquan Harris

Feb. 7, 2019
Man Sentenced to 26 Years for Killing NJIT Student

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Taquan Harris, 24, of Newark was sentenced to 26 years in New Jersey State Prison for the fatal shooting of New Jersey Institute of Technology student Joseph Micalizzi, 23, of Freehold.

The Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, presiding Criminal Division Judge, also sentenced . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  2/7/2019
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Feb. 6, 2019
Essex County Prosecutor and West Essex Police Departments Form Anti-Crime Task Force

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and nine Police Departments in the western part of the county have formed an Anti-Crime Task Force.

The anti-crime partnership will allow police officers from Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  1/7/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Hakeem Maloney, Rashan Jackson

Jan. 7, 2019
Reputed Gang Members Sentenced to 70 Plus Years for Role in Murder

Newark – – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that two reputed gang members were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their role in the murder of 23-year-old William Porter, IV, of Newark.

The Honorable James W. Donohue, Judge of the Superior Court, sentenced Rashan Jackson, 31, . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  1/7/2019
DEFENDANT(s):
Patricia Layton Piccinno

Jan. 7, 2019
Woman Gets Three Years for Stealing More than 500K from Mother-in-Law

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Patricia Layton Piccinno, 50, of Boonton was sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison for stealing more than $500,000 from her 80-year-old mother-in-law and her husband, a Bloomfield Police detective.

The state had recommended four . . . READxMORE

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