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PRESS RELEASE ARCHIVE FOR YEAR 2020
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DATE:  8/21/2020
DEFENDANT(s):
Richard E. Schade

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Richard E. Schade, a supervisor at NJ Transit who masterminded a scheme to steal millions from the transit agency, was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Arthur Batista Judge of the Superior Court.

Schade, 63, of Lumberton was a facilities supervisor when he siphoned $2.1 million from NJ . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  7/24/2020
DEFENDANT(s):
Elias Serrano

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Elias Serrano, 51, of Newark was sentenced to eight years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable James L. Jukes, Judge of the Superior Court.

Serrano was sentenced to eight years for possession with the intent to sell heroin within 500 feet of public housing. He was also sentenced to five years . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  3/19/2020
DEFENDANT(s):
Marvin Argueta

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Marvin Argueta, 37, of El Salvador, of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the murder of Miguel Gamez, 31, of Newark.

Yesterday, following a trial before the Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division, the jury convicted Argueta of conspiracy to . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  3/4/2020
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Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II announced today that Wahiddudin Kimbrough, 34, of Newark has been sentenced to 31 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court.

Kimbrough was convicted of first-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy, and third-degree attempted escape.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Romil Devang Amin, who handled the case, on Dec. 19, . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  3/4/2020
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Newark– Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Sharod Massey, 30, of Newark was sentenced to 18 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Harold W. Fullilove, Jr., Judge of the Superior Court, for continuing to possess weapons after being convicted of multiple felonies.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Justin Edwab, who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Brianne Cunningham, . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  3/2/2020
DEFENDANT(s):
Gustavo Palomo

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Gustavo Palomo, 39, of Newark was sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison for killing 19-year-old Jaleel McCauley in a car crash.

The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division. In December, Palomo pled guilty to vehicular homicide. Under the No Early Release . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  2/20/2020
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Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that brothers, Fuquan Knight, 28, and Shaquan Knight, 20, both of East Orange have been sentenced by the Honorable Siobhan Teare, Judge of the Superior Court, after being convicted of first-degree robbery and second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery.

Shaquan Knight was sentenced to 11 years. His brother, Fuquan Knight, who was also convicted . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  2/10/2020
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Feb. 5, 2020
Man Sentenced to Life for Murder of Photographer

Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Christopher Poole, 26, of Newark was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Rasheed “O.J.” Olabode, 27, also of Newark.

“There is nothing we can do to bring back Rasheed, but we hope that, with this sentencing, his family and loved ones . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  2/10/2020
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Feb. 5, 2020
Authorities Seek Help from Public in Cold Case

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking assistance from the public in solving a cold case.

On Oct. 5, 2006 Carey Suitt was struck and killed by a hit and run driver on Freeway Drive East and South Center Street in . . . READxMORE

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DATE:  2/10/2020
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Jan. 30, 2020
Essex County Jury Convicts Man of Sexually Assaulting Girl for Years

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Roberto Grillo, 40, of Bloomfield was convicted by an Essex County jury of sexually assaulting a girl from the age of 12 to 16.

Following a trial before the Honorable Martin G. Cronin, Judge of . . . READxMORE

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