Two men were sentenced in connection with an armed robbery have been sentenced to the New Jersey state prison.
The men, 19 and 20, pleaded guilty to robbing a Mount Holly man at gunpoint on May 7, 2015. According to police reports, the men are part of a street gang and used a gun to demand access to a gas station safe where the victim worked.
The incident took place as the victim was walking home from his place of employment. The men pointed a gun at the victim and demanded the keys to the safe. The victim told the men he could not access the safe at the gas station and the two men then proceeded to go to the victim’s house where they were chased off by his relatives.
Shortly after the incident occurred, the men were arrested, and the gun was found.
One of the men were sentenced to eight years on both weapon and drug charges, while the other man received seven years for robbery and weapon charges.
Another defendant, 22, also involved in the alleged incident and is charged with three counts of witness tampering, robbery, and conspiracy to commit a robbery. The defendant will stand trial later this month.
According to the Assistant Prosecutor, there was evidence in the case that both of the men belonged to the Gotti Boy Movement, an affiliate of the Bloods street gang. Both men also have a history with the police that includes multiple arrests and convictions in the juvenile, municipal or superior courts.
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