An important step toward stemming the alarming rise of police murders nationwide may have been taken in Newark today when an ex-con admitted that he and an accomplice terrorized drug store clerks and customers in four Hudson County holdups, one of which netted $10,000 in cash, jewelry and prescription drugs, including oxycodone and Viagra.
In the last two heists, the pair used a getaway car that 41-year-old Reginald H. Ware today admitted taking from a livery driver in New York last October.
Paul J. Fishman, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, made a case against Ware that fit perfectly with Attorney General Eric Holder’s request that federal prosecutors in all 50 states to start bringing the weight of the government down on the worst of the worst criminals.
Jersey City police arrested Ware and an accomplice — Rahoo Drew, 31, of Newark – following a string of brazen holdups there and in Union City. Assistant prosecutors from Fishman’s office then stepped in and took the case to the federal level, where the penalties are much more severe than under state guidelines.
Ware, of Newark, pleaded guilty today in connection with the four holdups, as well as a carjacking. He had little choice, given that Drew already pleaded guilty to similar charges and would have testified against his ex-partner in order to get a reduced prison sentence.
With the number of murders and attacks on police officers rising, Holder convened an unprecedented gathering in March of police chiefs from around the country, along with top federal law enforcement officials.
There he directed all 93 top federal prosecutors, including Fishman, to meet with police brass in their respective states and identify the “worst of the worst” gun offenders who cycle in and out of state prison.
Federal convictions bring definite sentences that must be served out, with barely a few weeks off for good behavior, as opposed to state sentences that often put offenders back on the street in months, if not weeks.
“It will be a priority for every United States attorney in this country to have that kind of interaction with their state and local counterparts to make sure that we are doing all that we can to keep law enforcement agents… safe,” Holder said at the time.
Ware — also known as “Ronell Wilson,” “Kyiis M. Justice,” and “Kyyiis Justice” — spent nearly a dozen years in prison for various crimes, mostly holdups, and had been free barely a year when last year’s stickups began, records show. READ MORE….