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Essex County, N.J., Man Sentenced To 130 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 130 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.

Alhakim Young, 23, of Newark, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to a Superseding Information charging him with conspiracy, 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:

Young conspired with Jermaine May, David Jones and Maurice Williams to carjack a vehicle. On Jan. 25, 2011, Young, May, Jones and Williams traveled to Elizabeth in a white Jeep Cherokee to carjack a vehicle. Young and May 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 Young and May fled in the white Jeep Cherokee. May, Jones and Williams previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit carjacking, carjacking, and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Judge Cecchi sentenced Young to concurrent 70-month prison terms on the counts of carjacking and conspiracy and a consecutive 60-month sentence on the firearms count. In addition to the prison term, Judge Cecchi sentenced Young to five years of supervised release. Restitution will be determined at a hearing on May 19, 2013.

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

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


Defense counsel: Sean McGovern Esq., Newark

Updated March 18, 2015