Gang Member Sentenced To Nearly 30 Years In State Prison

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ELIZABETH — On Tuesday, a confirmed member of the Bloods street gang who led police on a high speed chase through Union and Elizabeth in 2009 was sentenced to nearly 30 years in state prison, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.

Shawn Loyal, 27,  was convicted of ten felonies, including aggravated assault, eluding, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a police officer, following a two week trial in March, according to Assistant Prosecutor Brent A. Bramnick, who prosecuted the matter.

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After an emergency broadcast from the Newark Police Department that they were chasing a vehicle related to a homicide, the Union Police Department located Loyal operating a stolen Chrysler and proceeded to chase him into Elizabeth. Loyal was driving a stolen vehicle and traveling at speeds upwards of 70 miles per hour, with no regard for stop signs, even recklessly passing school buses during the chase, before he ultimately crashed into a taxi cab, seriously injuring numerous innocent civilians.

“But for the work of the Union and Elizabeth emergency personnel, the injuries could have cost these innocent people their lives,” Bramnick said. Loyal, who was a fugitive, having escaped from State Prison, will be eligible for parole in approximately 2033.


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