Gang Member Convicted In 2010 Plainfield Homicide

ELIZABETH — Earlier this morning, a jury convicted Wallace Parrish in connection with the murder of United Taxi cab driver, Isidro Leonardo, announced Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr.

The conviction came after a five-week trial before Judge William Daniel, said Assistant Prosecutor Caroline Lawlor, who prosecuted the case.

The murder occurred in the earlier morning hours of Sept. 28, 2010 on the 200 block of Spooner Avenue in the City of Plainfield. The victim was dispatched to Spooner Avenue to pick up a fare, said Lawlor. After the driver arrived, Parrish, 21, of Plainfield, and co-defendant Jonathan Morgan then allegedly attempted to rob him and shot him once in the head while he was seated in his taxicab. Both Parrish and Morgan are members of the SexMoneyMurder sect of the Bloods Street Gang, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Parrish was arrested on October 2, 2010 following an investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Division.

The jury convicted Parrish of felony murder, robbery and weapons offenses. He was also convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with a crime that occurred 90 minutes before Mr. Leonardo was killed, when another taxicab driver from United Taxi was the victim of an attempted armed robbery, said Lawlor.

The case was investigated by Union County Homicide Task Force, specifically Sgt. Jorge Jimenez and Sgt. Kevin Grimmer along with the Plainfield Police Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 14 and Parrish faces up to life in prison.  Morgan is awaiting trial and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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