TRENTON - Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that a member of the Gangster Killer Bloods set of the Bloods street gang pleaded guilty today in the slaying of a Trenton man who was gunned down during violence between rival gangs in 2005.
Anthony Coleman, 28, of Trenton, pleaded guilty to a first-degree charge of aggravated manslaughter before Superior Court Judge Robert C. Billmeier in Mercer County. Coleman pleaded guilty to killing Kareem Washington, who was fatally shot in the neck in a retaliation shooting because he was a member of the rival Nine Trey Gangsters. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Coleman be sentenced to 20 years in state prison, including 17 years without possibility of parole under the No Early Release Act. Judge Billmeier scheduled sentencing for Coleman for April 19.
Deputy Attorney General Daniel I. Bornstein prosecuted Coleman for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau and took the guilty plea. He was charged in an indictment stemming from “Operation Capital City,” an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Trenton Police Department and New Jersey State Police.
“The killing of Kareem Washington was an absolutely senseless act of gang retaliation, one of many that occurred in Trenton during the violent summer of 2005,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “The agencies involved in Operation Capital City have steadfastly pursued justice for the victims of that violence, as this plea attests.”
“We will continue to partner with other law enforcement agencies and pool our resources to target the violent gang members who are destroying lives, and the quality of life, in Trenton and other New Jersey cities,” said Deputy Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Far-reaching investigations of this type are the way to lock up the leaders of these gangs.”
Coleman was indicted along with other gang members in connection with crimes that occurred in 2005, when violence erupted between the Gangster Killer Bloods and two rival Bloods sets, the Nine Trey Gangsters and Sex Money Murder, leaving three people dead, including 22-year-old Sharee Voorhees, who was caught in crossfire while out on her porch. There was also violence against the rival Crips gang.
The July 14, 2010 indictment that charged Coleman also charged Bernard Green, 30, a.k.a. Petey Black, a “five-star general” in the Gangster Killer Bloods or G-Shine set, who allegedly directed the gang’s activities, including drug trafficking and gun violence against other gangs. Green is charged in connection with the murder of Voorhees and the slaying of Kareem Washington.
Washington, 28, a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters, was fatally shot in the neck on Ellsworth Avenue on Aug. 28, 2005. Coleman shot him in retaliation for shootings the day before on Passaic Street which wounded three Gangster Killer Bloods members. Washington was killed the same day as Voorhees.
Green and 13 other Trenton residents were charged with first-degree racketeering in the July 14, 2010 indictment as alleged members of the Gangster Killer Bloods. Green was charged along with various co-defendants with three counts of murder, six counts of attempted murder, and five counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Green and 10 co-defendants were charged with conspiring to unlawfully possess, use and traffic in guns. Green was also charged with drug offenses and being a leader of organized crime. The charges against Green and most of the other defendants are pending, and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.