Somerset Men Plead Guilty In 2008 New Brunswick Shoot-Out

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NEW BRUNSWICK—Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced Friday that three Franklin Township men have pleaded guilty to charges arising from a shoot-out in New Brunswick last year.

The men, all residents of the Somerset section of Franklin Township, pleaded guilty on Sept. 30, as jury selection was under way for their trial on charges of taking part in the May 1, 2008, incident.

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Ibrahim Kallon, 23, pleaded guilty to a count of carjacking and using a juvenile to commit a criminal offense. He faces a sentence of six years in a New Jersey state prison, with no chance for parole until he completes 85 percent of the term. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Michael Toto at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick on Dec. 21.

Quaid King, 18, pleaded guilty to a count of receiving stolen property and faces a prison term of four years. He will be sentenced by Toto on Dec. 7. King was a juvenile at the time of the shooting, but later was waived up to Superior Court to be tried as an adult.
Joseph Callahan, 24, pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun and faces a prison term of eight years with no parole for at least four years. He also will be sentenced by Toto on Dec. 7.

The guilty pleas were entered as Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet was prepared to present evidence and testimony showing that the three defendants opened fire on a busy intersection in New Brunswick to settle an on-going dispute.

No one was injured during the incident in which multiple shots were fired at 12:45 p.m.
King and Kallon were driving on Quentin Avenue in New Brunswick, when they approached Callahan and two passengers, who were riding in a 1998 Ford Escort on Wright Place.

Those in the cars stopped their vehicles at the intersection, got out, and began firing.
Callahan and his passengers ran from the scene and called police, while Kallon got into Callahan’s Escort and drove away.

About 15 minutes after the shooting, Officer Sammy Hernandez of the Franklin Township Police Department apprehended Kallon and King. New Brunswick police subsequently arrested and charged Callahan and one of his passengers, Shon Callahan, (DOB 10/30/88)  a New Brunswick resident who was identified as the defendant’s cousin.

Shon Callahan previously pleaded guilty to a count of hindering his apprehension by lying to police when he told them no one in their car had a gun. He is facing a probationary term.

In a separate incident, Joseph Callahan also pleaded guilty on Sept. 30, to possession of a handgun and possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school in New Brunswick on April 26.

He was arrested and charged by New Brunswick Lt. Paul Schuster of the New Brunswick Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Callahan will be sentenced to an eight-year term with no parole for four years. The term will be served concurrently with the term he faces for his involvement in the shooting.


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