|TRENTON - Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that two members of the Gangster Killer Bloods set of the Bloods street gang pleaded guilty today in separate shootings that occurred in 2005 during a wave of violence between rival gangs in Trenton.
Keith “Droop” Parker, 31, of Trenton, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted murder before Superior Court Judge Robert C. Billmeier in Mercer County for the attempted murder of Michael Cadlett. Parker was part of a group of Gangster Killer Bloods gang members who shot at an SUV on Monmouth Street in Trenton on Aug. 28, 2005, resulting in the death of an innocent bystander, Sharee Voorhees, 22. Parker and the other gunmen believed that the SUV was occupied by a high-ranking member of the rival Nine Trey Gangsters. It was the wrong car. The car was driven by Cadlett, who had five passengers. One bullet struck Cadlett in the stomach, and another traveled down the street and hit Voorhees in the chest as she sat on her porch. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Parker be sentenced to 15 years in state prison, including nearly 13 years of parole ineligibility.
Also today, Juan “Cherokee” Robinson, 25, of Trenton, pleaded guilty to first-degree conspiracy to commit murder before Judge Billmeier. He conspired with other gang members in the murder of Kareem Washington, who was fatally shot in the neck in a retaliation shooting because he was a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters. The state will recommend that Robinson be sentenced to 12 years in prison, 85 percent of which must be served without parole under the No Early Release Act. On Feb. 15, another Trenton man, Anthony Coleman, pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter for being the triggerman in that killing. He faces a recommended sentence of 20 years in prison, including 17 years of parole ineligibility.
“The death of Sharee Voorhees was the epitome of senseless gang violence, with gang members opening fire on the wrong car and killing Voorhees, who was an innocent bystander out on her porch,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “By working tenaciously to secure lengthy prison terms for the gang members involved in the wave of shootings in Trenton in 2005, the agencies involved in Operation Capital City have secured a measure of justice for the victims.”
“We are dedicated to the fight against street gangs responsible for the violence in our cities, including Trenton,” said Deputy Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “And we are not in this fight alone: by working with our law enforcement partners on long-term, collaborative cases like this one, we will do all that we can to protect the safety of the residents of these communities."
Deputy Attorney General Daniel I. Bornstein prosecuted the defendants for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau and took their guilty pleas. They were charged in an indictment stemming from “Operation Capital City,” an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Trenton Police Department and New Jersey State Police.
Judge Billmeier scheduled sentencing for Parker for April 19, and scheduled sentencing for Robinson for May 3.
Parker was indicted along with other gang members in connection with crimes that occurred in 2005, when violence erupted between the Gangster Killer Bloods and two rival Bloods sets, the Nine Trey Gangsters and Sex Money Murder, leaving three people dead, including Voorhees. There was also violence against the rival Crips gang. Robinson was charged in a separate indictment related to that period of inter-gang violence.
The July 14, 2010 indictment that charged Parker also charged Bernard Green, 30, a.k.a. Petey Black, a “five-star general” in the Gangster Killer Bloods or G-Shine set, who allegedly directed the gang’s activities, including drug trafficking and gun violence against other gangs. Green is charged in connection with the murder of Voorhees and the slaying of Kareem Washington.
Washington, 28, a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters, was fatally shot in the neck on Ellsworth Avenue on Aug. 28, 2005. Coleman shot him in retaliation for shootings the day before on Passaic Street which wounded three Gangster Killer Bloods members. Washington was killed the same day as Voorhees.
The July 14, 2010 indictment charges Green with three counts of first-degree murder, six counts of first-degree attempted murder, and five counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder. Green was also charged with first-degree offenses of racketeering and being a leader of organized crime, as well as drug offenses and conspiring to unlawfully possess, use and traffic in guns. The charges against Green are pending, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.