A 21-year-old northern New Jersey man has been sentenced to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison for his role in the beating and mugging of an immigrant man.
Corey Jenkins received a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to robbery charges.
In September 2011, Mr. Jenkins was part of a group of six (6) males that attacked 31-year-old Antonio Chiroy. Passaic County prosecutors say that Mr. Jenkins was the only adult among the assailants.
It is believed that Mr. Chiroy was attacked because he appeared intoxicated as he walked home to his Passaic apartment. When the attackers spotted Mr. Chiroy trying to hail a cab, they knocked him to the ground. The group punched and kicked him until he was unconscious. The group then robbed Mr. Chiroy of $12 and a cell phone before leaving him unconscious in the road. A car later ran over Mr. Chiroy.
Some of the juvenile attackers were prosecuted as adults. All of the attackers eventually pleaded guilty to some role in the attack.
As part of his plea deal, Mr. Jenkins must serve nearly nine (9) years before becoming eligible for parole. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, robbery can be classified as a first degree felony. Because of the severity of the injuries to the victim in this case, Mr. Jenkins could have been sentenced to as many as 20 years in state prison.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Last Defendant Sentenced for Role in Death of Passaic Man.”