Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Teens admit to killing South Jersey man in botched robbery

Two South Jersey teens were waived to adult court Tuesday after admitting to their roles in last year’s slaying of a Gloucester Township man during a robbery gone wrong.

Jevon Coleman Robinson, 16, of Edgewater Park, pleaded guilty as an adult to aggravated manslaughter and aggravated assault. Isaac Mimes, 18, of Willingboro, pleaded guilty as an adult to armed robbery. 

Prosecutors said Coleman Robinson and Mimes both admitted to hatching a plan to get marijuana from 20-year-old Lamar Ortiz, of the Autumn Ridge Apartments, on July 15, 2013. But they had no intention of paying for the drug, according to authorities.

Coleman Robinson and Mimes contacted an unnamed friend who knew Ortiz, then drove with him to the man’s apartment.  Coleman Robinson, who was behind the wheel, brought a concealed handgun. Mimes admitted in his plea that he was aware of the weapon.

When the vehicle pulled up to the apartment complex, Ortiz came to the passenger window of the car to talk with the group. After Ortiz refused to show them the marijuana and walked away, Coleman Robinson drew his gun and pointed it at the man.

Coleman Robinson said during his hearing that Ortiz’s acquaintance, who was sitting in the backseat, tried to grab the gun. Coleman Robinson hit that man in the head with the gun repeatedly, then shot and killed Ortiz.

Coleman Robinson and Mimes will both remain jailed at the Camden County Juvenile Detention Facility until they are sentenced April 25.

Coleman Robinson is expected to receive concurrent 23-year and 10-year prison terms, 85 percent of which he will have to serve before being eligible for parole. Mimes is expected to be sentenced to 12 years in prison. He will also be required to serve 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole, prosecutors said.

A third man, 20-year-old Joshua Texiador, of Westampton, faces charges of felony murder and robbery for also allegedly participating in the botched robbery. That case is still pending prosecution.


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