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June 9, 2011

Office of The Attorney General
- Paula T. Dow, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Stephen J. Taylor, Director

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Gang Member Pleads Guilty to 2005 Slaying of Trenton Man Targeted in Dispute Involving Gangster Killer Bloods

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TRENTON - Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced that a member of the Gangster Killer Bloods set of the Bloods street gang pleaded guilty today to the 2005 slaying of a Trenton man who was gunned down because he showed disrespect to members of the gang.

Richard Lamar Jenkins, 26, of Trenton, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated manslaughter and conspiracy to commit murder before Superior Court Judge Edward M. Neafsey in Mercer County. Jenkins pleaded guilty to killing Otis Jones, 26, who was shot in the head at Brunswick Avenue and Sanford Street in Trenton on the afternoon of June 20, 2005.

Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Jenkins be sentenced to 15 years in state prison, including nearly 13 years of parole ineligibility. Bernard Green, 29, a.k.a. Petey Black, the alleged leader in Trenton of the Gangster Killer Bloods or G-Shine set, is also charged with the murder. The two men were charged in a July 15, 2010 state grand jury indictment, which superseded a county indictment obtained by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office in 2006. Deputy Attorney General Daniel I. Bornstein took the guilty plea for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau.

“This guilty plea is an important step toward justice for Otis Jones, who fell victim to the wave of senseless gang violence inflicted in Trenton by members of the Gangster Killer Bloods and other Bloods factions in 2005,” said Attorney General Dow. “Working with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, we are continuing our prosecution of Trenton gang members, including alleged leader Bernard Green, who is charged in the killing of Jones and two other murders.”

Jones allegedly was shot because he showed disrespect to gang members while trying to recover a gold necklace of his that had been stolen. In pleading guilty, Jenkins admitted that he conspired with Green to shoot Jones. Jenkins said that Green spoke to him twice about shooting Jones, and he agreed to carry out the shooting for Green, who was his commander in the gang. Jenkins said Green was with him in a car when they found Jones. Jenkins admitted that he shot Jones in the head. Jones had been loading his car to go fishing. Green faces charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons offenses in the killing of Jones.

The state grand jury indictment that charged Green and Jenkins stemmed from “Operation Capital City,” an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Trenton Police Department and State Police.

The indictment also charges Green with two other murders, including the August 2005 murder of Sharee Voorhees, who was caught in gunfire while out on her porch. It charges a total of 14 Trenton residents, including Green and Jenkins, with first-degree racketeering as alleged members of the Gangster Killer Bloods

The murders and other acts of violence charged in the indictment occurred in 2005, when violence erupted between the Gangster Killer Bloods and two rival Bloods sets, the Nine Trey Gangsters and Sex Money Murder. Green allegedly directed the gang’s activities, including drug trafficking and violence involving assault rifles and semi-automatic handguns, which were used to defend the gang’s turf and settle scores with other gangs.

Green is charged along with Keith “Droop” Parker, 30, in the murder of Voorhees, 22, who was fatally wounded in gunfire on Monmouth Street on Aug. 28, 2005. The men allegedly were part of a group of gang members who targeted a car they believed was occupied by Joseph James, a.k.a. “Hell Rell,” a reputed high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Gangsters. It was the wrong car. The car was driven by Michael Cadlett, who had five passengers. One bullet struck Cadlett in the stomach, and another traveled down the street and hit Voorhees in the chest.

In addition, Green, Anthony “Ace” Coleman, 26, and Curtis “Lil Curt” Hawkins, 24, are charged in the murder of Kareem Washington, 28, of the Nine Trey Gangsters. He was fatally shot in the neck on Ellsworth Avenue on Aug. 28, 2005, the same day Voorhees was shot, allegedly in retaliation for shootings the day before on Passaic Street that wounded three Gangster Killer Bloods members.

The indictment is posted with the July 19, 2010 press release at www.njpublicsafety.com. The indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Attorney General Dow commended the dedicated efforts of all of the attorneys and investigators who have worked on the case, including:

For the Division of Criminal Justice and its Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, Supervising Deputy Attorney General Andrew Butchko, Deputy Attorney General Daniel I. Bornstein, Volunteer Associate Randy Miller, Deputy Attorney General Steven Bennet, Lead Detective Cortney Lawrence, Detective Edward Augustyn III, Sgt. Keith Stopko, Lt. Richard J. Nocella, Chief of Detectives Paul Morris and First Deputy Chief of Detectives Allan Buecker.

For the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Assistant Prosecutor Lewis Korngut, who is Chief of the Mercer County Homicide Unit, Lead Detective Brian Kiely, Chief William Straniero, Lt. Richard Frascella, Sgt. Michael Novembre, Detective James Francis, and Retired Detective Frank Clayton. For the Trenton Police Department, Lt. Chris Doyle, Detective Frank Guido, Detective Gary Britton, Detective Nathan Bolognini, the Trenton Police Crime Scene Unit, and Former Police Director Irving Bradley.

For the New Jersey State Police, the Electronic Surveillance Unit and from the Organized Crime Control Central Bureau, Bureau Chief Lt. Rick Nuel, Lt. Jay Sullivan, Sgt. Jim Burnham, and Trooper Chris Sharpe

Attorney General Dow also credited the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration VEST initiative for their valuable assistance.

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