Two alleged Jersey City gang members have been charged with shooting five people at Marion Gardens back in 2018, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Jalil Holmes, also known as Broadday, 20, of East Orange, and Jidon Rogers, 37, of Jersey City, made their initial appearances earlier today before U.S. District Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court, Carpenito said in a statement.
Both are charged by complaint with five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity and five counts of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
Holmes and Rogers are allegedly both associated with a street gang known to operate in the area of the Marion Gardens Housing Complex in Jersey City.
While paying homage to a fellow gang member who was murdered on June 30th, 2013, Holmes, Rogers, and two other gang members traveled from the Marion Gardens Housing Complex to the area where their fellow gang member had been murdered five years prior, with the intention of shooting rival gang members, authorities said.
Upon arriving in that area, Holmes and the two other gang members exited the car that Rogers drove, brandished handguns, and fired multiple shots into a crowd of people, according to court documents.
Victim One sustained one gunshot wound to his left thigh, Victim Two sustained one gunshot wound to his right calf, Victim Three sustained one gunshot wound to his right leg, Victim Four sustained two gunshot wounds to her upper right shoulder, and Victim Five sustained a gunshot wound to his left wrist, officials said.
Each count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Additionally, each count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, which must run consecutively to any terms imposed on the other counts.
Holmes also has separate pending charges for a January 9th, 2019 shooting of rival gang members.
Carpenito credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark; the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Esther Suarez; and the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director James Shea, with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Desiree Grace Latzer of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark.