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Essex County, N.J., Man Sentenced To 118 Months In Prison For Armed Carjacking

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

NEWARK., N.J, - An Essex County man was sentenced today to 118 months in prison for his role in an armed carjacking in Elizabeth, N.J., on Jan. 25, 2011, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jermaine May, 29, of Newark, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to a Superseding Information charging him with conspiracy to commit carjacking, theft of a motor vehicle by force, violence and intimidation, and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

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

May conspired with Alhakim Young, David Jones and Maurice Williams to carjack a vehicle. On Jan. 25, 2011, May, Young, Jones and Williams traveled to Elizabeth, N.J., in a white Jeep Cherokee to look for a vehicle to carjack. May and Young approached two victims who were standing near a 2004 Infiniti G-35 that was parked and warming up on Britton Street in Elizabeth, and at gunpoint, ordered the two victims to the ground. Williams and Jones fled in the Infiniti, while May and Young fled in the white Jeep Cherokee. Young, Jones and Williams previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit carjacking, carjacking, and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

May was sentenced to concurrent 58-months prison terms on the conspiracy and carjacking counts and a consecutive 60-month prison term on the count of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, for a total sentence of 118 months in prison. Judge Cecchi also sentenced May to five years of supervised release. Restitution will be determined at a later date.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge David Velazquez B. Ward in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dara Aquila Govan of the General Crimes Unit and Gurbir Grewal of the Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.


Defense counsel: Lisa Mack Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark

Updated March 18, 2015