Northern State corrections officer sentenced to three years probation

NEWARK, NJ — Former Northern State Prison corrections officer Avril D. Richardson, 46, of Elizabeth, has been sentenced to three years probation by Superior Court Judge Mark S. Ali, according to an Aug. 30 press release from acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II.  In addition to probation, Richardson was forced to forfeit her job […]

Two men sentenced to federal prison for drugs, weapons

NEWARK NJ — Two men were sentenced Aug. 19 to federal prison terms following their convictions on multiple drug and weapons offenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Jesse Tullies, 54, of Hillside, was sentenced to 19 years and seven months in prison and Eugene Williams, 34, of Newark, was sentenced to 15 years and 10 […]

Man sentenced to 23 years for shooting a man on ladder

NEWARK, NJ — Al Rashid, 46, of Newark, has been sentenced to 23 years in New Jersey State Prison for shooting a man off a ladder while he worked on the roof of a church, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II in an Aug. 14 press release. Rashid was found guilty of […]

Edison man sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder in WO

Edison man sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder in WO

NEWARK, NJ — On Aug. 12, John Searles, 23, of Edison, was sentenced to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison by Superior Court Judge Verna Leath after an Essex County jury convicted him of first-degree attempted murder and weapons offenses, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II. Assistant Prosecutor Stephanie Faloyin, who […]

MS-13 member sentenced to 25 years in prison

NEWARK, NJ — An MS-13 member previously named one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives was sentenced July 31 to 25 years in prison for killing a Plainfield man on behalf of the gang, and agreeing that a conspirator would commit multiple violent acts for the gang, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Walter Yovany-Gomez, […]

Newark woman sentenced to 2 years for food stamps scheme

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark woman was sentenced Feb. 20 to two years in prison for her role in a food stamps fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Maria Teresa Venegas had previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an information charging her with one count of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]

Man sentenced to 26 years for killing NJIT student

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Feb. 7 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. Presiding Criminal Division Judge Ronald D. Wigler also sentenced […]

Man sentenced to 30 years for sexual assault

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced Jan. 31 that Jerome Mitchell, 37, of Newark has been sentenced to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in Newark. The sentence was imposed by Superior Court Judge Alphonse Cifelli. Under the No Early Release Act […]

Woman gets three years for stealing more than $500K from mother-in-law

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II announced Jan. 7 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 years in New […]

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