October 22, 2010 |
The "muscle" for a violent and powerful drug gang that plagued Camden for more than two decades was sentenced Thursday to two life prison terms plus 25 years for murder, attempting to kill a witness, and drug conspiracy. Juan Rivera-Velez - known as "Two-Face" because of severe scarring to his face and head from burns suffered in a car accident - did not apologize to the family members of one of the victims, Miguel Batista, who attended the sentencing hearing in federal court in Camden.
November 20, 2009 |
Two-Face was stoned-faced yesterday as a federal jury in Camden delivered a verdict that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Juan "Two-Face" Rivera-Velez, 35, showed no reaction as the jury foreman announced four consecutive guilty verdicts, capping nearly eight days of deliberations in a high-profile narcotics trial in U.S. District Court in Camden. Rivera-Velez, nicknamed after his face was disfigured in an auto accident several years ago, was charged with carrying out one murder and attempting a second for convicted Camden drug kingpin Raymond Morales.
July 26, 1996 |
The dwindling band of moviegoers who cling to the quaint belief that screenplays should be written on paper rather than bathroom walls emerged numbed and shaken from Dumb and Dumber. But at least they knew that a director would have to go to a landfill with a shovel to come up with anything worse. Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the still unindicted co-conspirators behind Dumb and Dumber, took an earth-mover and dug down until they hit Kingpin, a movie that redefines box office gross.
September 16, 1992 |
A founder and boss of the violent Junior Black Mafia drug gang was jailed for life yesterday for overseeing the sale of more than a ton of cocaine on city streets during a six-year reign. Aaron "A.J. " Jones, 30, chose to say nothing before the mandatory life sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Marvin Katz. Jones, who is awaiting trial for murder in the state courts, is the second JBM "kingpin" to draw a life sentence for drug dealing. A codefendant, Bryan "Moochie" Thornton, 29, was jailed for life last month by Katz.
August 18, 2010 |
Chanell Cunningham, whose testimony helped convict her kingpin boyfriend of murder, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison by a federal judge who said she spent years "styling and profiling" as a high-living underworld drug moll. U.S. District Judge Curtis Joyner, in pointed comments to a courtroom packed with family members and friends, told Cunningham that were it not for her cooperation, he would have sentenced her to more than 30 years in prison. He described the 37-year-old mother of two as a "major officer" and "vice president of personnel" for the multimillion-dollar cocaine-distribution network set up by her lover, Maurice Phillips.
August 17, 2010 |
Chanell Cunningham, an admitted drug dealer whose testimony helped convict her kingpin boyfriend of murder and cocaine trafficking charges, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Joyner. Joyner described Cunningham as the "vice president of personnel" for a multimillion dollar cocaine distribution network. "You lived constantly, day-to-day, as a major officer in this conspiracy," the judge said. Cunningham, 37, was a key prosecution witness in the case against Maurice Phillips who was found guilty earlier this year of two murders and various drug, conspiracy and money-laundering charges.
August 18, 2010 |
Chanell Cunningham, former paramour and business partner of drug kingpin Maurice Phillips and among those who testified against him at his trial in February, reaped her reward yesterday. U.S. District Judge Curtis Joyner sentenced Cunningham to 12 years. Had Cunningham, who has been in federal custody since September 2007, not cooperated, Joyner said he would have sentenced her to 30 years. Cunningham chose not to address the court yesterday but had sent Joyner a letter before sentencing.
October 19, 1990 |
A jury yesterday convicted reputed Junior Black Mafia kingpin Aaron Jones of the Nov. 3 stabbing and wounding of a fellow inmate at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. Jones, 27, was found guilty of aggravated assault for the attack on Parrish Barnes. A weapons possession charge against Jones was dismissed. Co-defendant Michael Anderson also was convicted of aggravated assault in the attack. Jones' attorney, Gerald Stein, said he plans to appeal. He said the verdict was "inconsistent" and "didn't make any sense" because Jones was found guilty of the stabbing, yet innocent of possessing a weapon.
September 24, 2011 |
IN JANUARY, the former live-in girlfriend of drug kingpin Alton "Ace Capone" Coles gasped and fell to the floor after she was sentenced to two years behind bars on money-laundering charges. Yesterday, Asya Richardson's attorney said her client was "relieved, overjoyed and grateful" after a federal appeals court here threw out the conviction. The three-judge panel, which said the evidence was "insufficient" to support a guilty verdict against Richardson, vacated the conviction and sent the case back to district court for acquittal.
March 27, 2007 |
Anthony James Zasa Jr. was a model citizen and family man, devoted to helping troubled young people. As a leader in VisionQuest, a national youth rehabilitation organization, Zasa worked with hundreds of teens at facilities in Franklin and Chambersburg, Pa.; New Lisbon, N.J.; and Tucson, Ariz. He led a modest, "squeaky-clean life" over his 25 years in the company, sometimes serving alongside his wife and sons, also VisionQuest employees, said friends and former coworkers. But federal authorities said Zasa had a darker side as a key member of another organization - one that was wrecking lives.