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Essex County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To More Than Eight Years In Prison For Armed Carjacking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – An East Orange, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 97 months in prison for stealing a car while carrying a firearm in January 2014, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Alsharif Scriven, 27, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information charging him with one count of theft of a motor vehicle by force, violence and intimidation and one count of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Judge Wigenton imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. 

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In the early evening of Jan. 8, 2014, an individual was parking his 2012 Honda Accord at his Newark residence. When the victim exited the vehicle to open the garage door, Scriven, who was carrying a firearm, jumped into the open driver’s side door and attempted to steal the car. After a struggle with the victim, Scriven ultimately took control of the vehicle and drove away.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wigenton sentenced Scriven to serve five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited criminal investigators of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, as well as the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Grace H. Park, the Essex County Police Department and the Union County Police Department, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.   

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Hafetz of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

Defense counsel: Chester Keller Esq., First Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

Updated February 24, 2016

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 15-432