|TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a member of the Gangster Killer Bloods street gang was sentenced to prison today for murdering a Trenton man who was gunned down because he showed disrespect to members of the gang.
Richard Lamar Jenkins, 28, of Trenton, was sentenced today to 13 years in prison, including more than 11 years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Robert C. Billmeier in Mercer County. Jenkins, a member of the Gangster Killer Bloods, pleaded guilty in 2011 to charges of aggravated manslaughter and conspiracy to commit murder for fatally shooting Otis Jones, 26, on Brunswick Avenue in Trenton on June 20, 2005. Jones was shot because he showed disrespect to gang members while trying to recover a gold necklace that was stolen from him. Bernard Green, 31, aka “Petey Black,” the leader of the Gangster Killer Bloods, was with Jenkins in a car when they found Jones loading his car to go fishing. Jenkins shot Jones in the head.
Deputy Attorney General Daniel I. Bornstein prosecuted Jenkins and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau. Jenkins was charged as a result of “Operation Capital City,” an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice, Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Trenton Police Department and New Jersey State Police.
Jenkins and Green were among 16 defendants indicted 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. There was also violence against the Crips. In addition to Jones, two other people were killed: Sharee Voorhees, 22, who was caught in gunfire while out on her porch, and Kareem Washington, 28, a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters. All 16 defendants have pleaded guilty.
Green directed the gang’s activities, including drug trafficking and violence involving assault rifles and semi-automatic handguns, which were used to defend the gang’s turf and settle scores with other gangs. Green was sentenced yesterday to 36 years in prison, including 22 years of parole ineligibility, in connection with Voorhees death and his leadership of the gang. He pleaded guilty on March 25 to aggravated manslaughter for ordering that gang members carry out the shooting that resulted in Voorhees’ death. He also pleaded guilty to racketeering.
One of the gunmen involved in the shooting that killed Voorhees, Keith “Droop” Parker, 32, of Trenton, was sentenced on April 19 to 15 years in prison, including nearly 13 years of parole ineligibility. He pleaded guilty on March 4 to the first-degree attempted murder of Michael Cadlett. Parker was part of a group of Gangster Killer Bloods members who shot at an SUV on Monmouth Street in Trenton on Aug. 28, 2005, resulting in the death of Voorhees. Parker and the other gunmen believed 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.
Kareem Washington was fatally shot in the neck on Ellsworth Avenue on the same day that Voorhees was shot. He was shot in retaliation for prior shootings of Gangster Killer Bloods by Nine Trey Gangsters, including shootings that took place the day before on Passaic Street that wounded three Gangster Killer Bloods members. Three men were sentenced to prison for his murder as a result of Operation Capital City. Anthony “Ace” Coleman, 28, the triggerman, was sentenced to 20 years, 17 without possibility of parole; Curtis “Rabbit” Hawkins, 26, was sentenced to 15 years, 13 without possibility of parole; and Juan “Cherokee” Robinson, 25, was sentenced to 12 years, 10 without possibility of parole.