Jersey City man, 29, pleads guilty to 2020 fatal shooting of Javone Smith, 23


A Jersey City man, 29, pleaded guilty to the 2020 fatal shooting of 23-year-old Javone Smith yesterday, with his sentencing scheduled for June.

Kenyowa Pinkney. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Kenyowa Pinkney, 29, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated manslaughter. The State will be recommending a sentence of 25 years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act and Graves Act.

Sentencing is scheduled before the Hudson County Superior Court Judge Vincent J. Militello, J.S.C. on Friday, June 17th.

On Monday, April 6th, 2020, just before 6:30 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to a shots fired call in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Myrtle Avenue.

Responding officers found the victim – later identified as Javone Smith, 23, of Jersey City – with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 6:49 p.m.

The cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds and the Manner of death was determined to be homicide.

Pinkney was arrested and charged in connection with Smith’s death by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020.

The State is represented in this case by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Adam Salzer.

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