A convicted felon pleaded guilty to gun and ammunition charges related to a planned Jersey City “revenge shooting spree” after his brother was killed earlier this year, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachel Honig announced.
Raheem Allen, 34, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to an information charging him with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine.
On March 7th, 2021, Allen travelled to Jersey City, to gain revenge for the murder of his brother, a high-ranking member of a Jersey City street gang, the day prior.
Law enforcement officers obtained communications involving Allen wherein he explained his criminal purpose.
As a result, law enforcement officers saw Allen arrive in Jersey City and retrieve an Intratec Tec-22 semi-automatic firearm, which was loaded with approximately 25 rounds of ammunition.
Law enforcement immediately apprehended Allen as he was readying to enter a vehicle, recovering the firearm, additional boxes of ammunition, and a quantity of cocaine.
During post-arrest questioning, Allen admitted that he came to Jersey City to “kill a lot of people” due to the murder of his brother.
Allen has previously been convicted of felony offenses, including robbery and possession of controlled substances.
The firearms offense to which Allen pleaded guilty carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Additionally, the drug offense carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million and his sentencing is scheduled for December 14th.