Prosecutor: Three Indicted on Attempted Murder & Related Charges in January Shooting

Three men in their 20s have been indicted on charges stemming from an alleged botched robbery that resulted in a shooting earlier this year, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced on Friday.

The three — Kingphess Gomez, 21, of Woodbury, Thaddeus West Jr., 21, and Suncere Smith, 27, both of Neptune City — are all charged with first-degree armed robbery, first-degree conspiracy, first-degree attempted murder, second-degree certain persons not to possess a firearm, and other related second-degree weapons offenses.

If convicted of attempted murder or armed robbery, they will will face a maximum sentence of 20 years in a New Jersey state prison, subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act (NERA), requiring them to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. They would also be under parole supervision for five years following release from state prison.

If convicted of certain persons not to possess firearms, they will face sentences of five to 10 years in a New Jersey state prison, with mandatory periods of five years of parole ineligibility. If convicted of the other second-degree firearm offenses, defendants will face sentences of five to 10 years in prison, subject to the Graves Act, which requires a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of half of the custodial sentence imposed, or 42 months, whichever is greater. 

The case background …

Moments before 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, a ShotSpotter notification indicated multiple shots fired on the 300 block of Fisher Avenue in Neptune City, and minutes later, members of the Wall Township Police Department stopped a vehicle and discovered the 19-year-old shooting victim in the front passenger seat. The victim was then rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for emergency treatment.

A joint investigation by detectives in the Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Bureau and the Neptune Township Police Department led to the discovery that the three co-defendants lured the victim to the area in a conspiracy to rob him at gunpoint before the shooting incident ultimately occurred. With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Regional Task Force, the defendants were arrested on these charges in August.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Caitlin Sidley of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Bureau.

All three defendants remain incarcerated pending the adjudication of the cases against them. 

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

John Caroli
BCS Wealth Management