Members Of Armed Robbery Crew Sentenced To Prison

NEWARK – Two members of an armed robbery crew that primarily targeted businesses and homes in Middlesex County were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jonah Paul, 23, of Sayreville pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patty Shwartz on April 18 to one count of conspiring to obstruct commerce in connection with his role in robbing four premises from between March 2009 and June 2009, and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of the robbery. He was sentenced to 219 months.

Rashawn Landin, 24, of Parlin, also pleaded guilty on April 18 to one count of conspiring to obstruct commerce in connection with his role in robbing a home in May 2009. He was sentenced to 108 months.

Paul admitted he conspired with Landin and others to rob a number of premises located in New Jersey and New York from March 2009 through June 2009. Specifically, Paul admitted he and certain of his co-conspirators robbed: the Chris Michael’s Steakhouse in Woodbridge, on March 17, 2009; the Ristorante Barolo in New York, N.Y., on May 11, 2009; the home of victims “M.M.” and “P.M.” in Milltown, on May 21, 2009, and the Ritz Diner in Livingston, on June 5, 2009. Landin also admitted he robbed the home of victims “M.M.” and “P.M.” with Paul and other co-conspirators. Each of the robberies was at gunpoint, and in each case, the victims were bound in plastic zip ties while the robberies took place.

In addition to the prison terms, Judge Faith S. Hochberg sentenced Paul to five years and Landin to three years of supervised release. Landin was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $46,578 in restitution. Restitution in Paul’s case will be determined at a later date.

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