Two men sentenced to 10 and 5 years in state prison for fatal 2018 Jersey City shooting


Two men have been sentenced to 10 and 5 years in state prison respectively for a fatal 2018 Jersey City shooting that claimed the life of 19-year-old Kamal McCord.

Kai Robinson. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday, Hudson County Superior Court Patrick J. Arre sentenced Omar Williams,
23, of Jersey City, to 10 years in New Jersey state prison for his role in the death of Kamal
McCord, 19, of Jersey City – which occurred on May 2, 2018 in Jersey City, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Arre also sentenced one of Williams’ co-defendants, Kai Robinson, 23, of Jersey City, to a term of five years in New Jersey state prison.

Both men pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter, with Robinson’s plea having the charge treated as second degree at sentencing.

The sentences for both Williams and Robinson are subject to the No Early Release Act which requires that they will have to serve 85 percent of their sentences before becoming eligible for parole.

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of a man shot on Merseles Court in Jersey City. Responding police officers found a male victim inside a residence at 21 Merseles Court.

The victim was later identified as McCord. He was found in a lifeless condition with an apparent gunshot wound to his torso. McCord was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:00 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the chest and the Manner of Death to be Homicide.

Responding police officers also found a female victim outside of a residence in the area of
Merseles Court. The 21-year-old female victim had an apparent gunshot wound to one of her extremities.

The victim was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A third defendant, Lasaun Rose, 28, is pending sentencing.

Rose pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the first degree to be treated as second degree for sentencing on January 7th, 2020 before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mark J. Nelson.

Williams and Robinson also pleaded guilty on January 7, 2020 before  Nelson.

The state was represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutor Leonardo Rinaldi of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.

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