Newark, New Jersey, Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Armed Carjacking
NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man was sentenced today to 144 months in prison for his role in a shotgun carjacking in Little Falls, New Jersey, on Oct. 30, 2011, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Hanzah Darby, 26, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an indictment charging him with one count of theft of a motor vehicle by force, violence, and intimidation and one count of use of 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:
On Oct. 30, 2011, Darby, and Ivan Lee, 26, of Newark, were in the Little Falls area when they spotted a parked 2008 BMW 335 with passengers inside. Darby and Lee – who brandished a shotgun – approached the car and ordered the occupants out of the vehicle at gunpoint. Darby and Lee then took the car and fled the area. Law enforcement officers recovered the car in Newark on Nov. 7, 2011. Darby was standing next to it at the time.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Wigenton sentenced Darby to serve three years of supervised release.
Lee, who was charged with Darby in the indictment, previously pleaded guilty to one count of theft of a motor vehicle by force and was found guilty of the brandishing a firearm charge following a one-week trial before Judge Wigenton. Lee was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Feb. 11, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel in Newark; officers of the Little Falls Police Department, under the direction of Chief John Dmuchowski; the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Col. Rick Fuentes; and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik for its assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cari Fais and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Kearney of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: Timothy Donohue Esq., West Orange, New Jersey.