Latin King Convicted in Elizabeth Gang Shooting

ELIZBAETH – A Union County jury convicted Larry Cardona, 20, known as King Legend, of second degree aggravated assault and various gun offenses, stemming from an April 11, 2011 shooting near the Exxon gas station on Elmora Avenue in Elizabeth, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced Monday.

After several weeks of trial, and nearly 15 witnesses and multiple experts, the state was able to show that the Latin King and two of his fellow gang members targeted a member of the Crips street gang and, after walking the victim down Westfield Avenue, shot him one time at close range with a .45 caliber handgun.

The victim, who suffered serious blood loss from the gunshot wound, was transported to University Hospital for emergency surgery that saved his life. During the course of the investigation, the authorities were able to recover matching bullets and a Latin King manifesto at the defendant’s Elizabeth home.

Cardona is presently incarcerated on a $1 million bail and facing a separate 16 count indictment for attempted murder and aggravated assault along with 8 other Latin Kings. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 14, before Union County Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue, where the State will seek the maximum sentence of 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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