Men Convicted In 2009 Linden Robbery Attempt Face Multiple Life Sentences

Kenneth Green (Photo courtesy of the Union County Prosecutor's Office)

Kenneth Green (Photo courtesy of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office)

ELIZABETH—A Union County jury has convicted two men of multiple counts of armed robbery, carjacking, burglary and numerous gun offenses after two days of jury deliberation, Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park announced.

On May 18, 2009, Kenneth Green, 40, and Louis Adams, 42, were armed with a loaded 9mm handgun when they approached an off-duty Newark police officer and his girlfriend at the Swan Motel in Linden, according to Assistant Prosecutors Joshua McMahon and Jill O’Malley, who prosecuted the five-week long trial. Green then put the gun in the officer’s back and both men ordered the couple into the room. Fearing for their lives, the officer pulled his service weapon and fired at both defendants, before escaping with his girlfriend.

One gunman fled the area, while the other carjacked an innocent couple’s vehicle.

Both men reunited at Green’s home in Newark before traveling to a hospital in Wayne, where they provided fake names and a ficticious story about being robbed and shot in Paterson.

Louis Adams (Photo courtesy of the Union County Prosecutor's Office)

Louis Adams (Photo courtesy of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office)

Further investigation by Paterson police officers determined the story was false and arrested the men after connecting them to the earlier Linden shooting.

The career criminals, who have amassed nearly 50 felony convictions between them, including prior armed robbery and gun offenses, now face multiple life sentences under the State’s Repeat Violent Offender and Persistent Offender laws. They are scheduled to be sentenced by the Honorable Stuart L. Peim on Sept. 6.

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