Saturday, 13 September 2008

Omar Aikens,lured a New York man to his death in order to receive status in the gang was sentenced yesterday to 18 1/2 years in prison.

Omar Aikens, 28, of Trenton, had pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in July. Aikens, a high-ranking member of the Sex Money Murder set of the Bloods gang, shot Louis McFadzean, 19, of Queens, N.Y., after he was lured to the Delaware & Raritan canal path on July 27, 2005. gangster who lured a New York man to his death in order to receive status in the gang was sentenced yesterday to 18 1/2 years in prison. McFadzean had challenged Aikens' ranking within the gang, leading to the plot to kill him, Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Meidt said at an earlier bail hearing.
The gang members' plan came to light due to wiretaps from an Attorney General's investigation dubbed "Operation Capitol City" into gang-related drug dealing in the Trenton area. Superior Court Judge Gerald Council said he was disturbed because the pre-sentence report said that Aikens showed no remorse for the gang-related killing, in which the victim was "set up and escorted to a place to be executed."
"You showed no remorse," said Council. "That is disturbing."
Aikens, who had declined an earlier offer to speak, then apologized to the victim's family. "Each and every life is precious," Council continued. "This was cruel. ... I would hope that when you get out of prison, you live your life another way."
Aikens' sentence will run concurrently with a 17-year sentence for drug trafficking meted out in January by a federal court judge. Aikens will be required to serve nearly 16 years before he can be released, followed by five years parole. Previously, Aikens was convicted for endangering the welfare of a child and receiving stolen property, Council said. Council also sentenced him to a five-year concurrent term for violating probation for that charge.
When Council told Aikens that he was also imposing a $10,000 fine, Aikens protested, saying he did not have that much money. Council replied that he could impose a $100,000 fine under the law. Meanwhile, four other Trenton men have pleaded guilty to charges related to the McFadzean homicide. Bernard Porter, 29, who was the leader of the Sex Money Murder set, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, while Gary Ainsley, 29, and Tyon Gibson, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manslaughter, said Casey DeBlasio, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor. Rahsahan Johnson, 26, pleaded guilty to a weapons offense, DeBlasio said. Their sentences are pending.


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