ELIZABETH – A Union County jury convicted an Elizabeth man of first degree aggravated sexual assault and first degree robbery, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
Jamal Coley, 41, faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 30 before Judge Robert J. Mega, said Assistant Prosecutor Michael Cleaver who prosecuted the case.
On Aug. 2, 2009, Coley, a registered sex offender, was on Union Avenue in Elizabeth when he approached a pickup truck containing a man and a woman. He robbed the man at gunpoint and then forced the woman into a nearby alley where he proceeded rob and rape her at gunpoint, said Cleaver.
Elizabeth Police Department officers on routine patrol noticed activity in the alley and discovered the woman being sexually assaulted. Officers Joseph Pevonis and Michael Carreto arrested Coley at the scene.
The jury convicted Coley after four-day trial and one day of deliberation. They also convicted him of second degree sexual assault and unlawful possession of a handgun.
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