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Two Men Sentenced to Prison for Shooting Taxi Driver During Robbery

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

CAMDEN, N.J. – Two New Jersey men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in shooting a taxi driver during a late-night robbery, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Walter Williams-Lang, 22, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 87 months in prison and Naeem Jackson, 24, of East Orange, New Jersey, was sentenced on Nov. 29, 2023, to 103 months in prison. Both defendants previously pleaded guilty to informations charging them with one count each of attempted Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy to use and possess a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jackson also pleaded guilty to one count each of Hobbs Act robbery and carjacking. Both defendants were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler in Camden federal court. 

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

The defendants both admitted that on May 14, 2022, they brandished a loaded firearm to demand a taxi driver’s fares, and then proceeded to shoot the driver. Jackson also admitted that on May 5, 2022, he brandished a loaded firearm, demanded a taxi driver’s fares, cellphone, and wallet, and then stole the the driver’s vehicle.

In addition to the prison terms, Judge Kugler sentenced each of the defendants to three months of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited the members of the Elizabeth Police Department, under the direction of Director Earl J. Graves and Police Chief Giacommo Sacca; and special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Bryan Miller, Newark Field Division, with the investigation leading to the sentencings.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry O’Connell of the OCDETF Unit in Newark.

Updated December 4, 2023

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 23-357