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People v Joel Perry

On August 31, 2015, a jury found defendant Joel Perry guilty as charged of first degree murder, attempted murder, two counts of attempted second degree robbery, and three counts of assault with an assault weapon. All counts included gun use and gang enhancements.

On February 29, 2008, the two victims sat in a car in Union City’s Kennedy Park when approximately five Hispanic males approached the car. One of the men asked the victims what gang they were in and the two victims denied participating in gangs. The men then demanded the victims hand over their cash, necklaces and cell phones, and one of the gang members reached into the vehicle to grab Victim 1’s necklaces. The victims refused to give them their valubles.

Defendant Perry - who had said nothing up to this point - pulled out a gun and pointed it at Victim 2. Victim 1 started the car and put it into reverse. Defendant Perry shot both victims, killing Victim 1. Victim 2 was shot in the jaw, knocking out his front two teeth, and was also shot through his wrist. A few days later, the defendants were heard bragging about the murder at the park.

Additionally, defendant Perry was convicted of shooting at three other victims in an event at Ash Street Park in Newark on June 14, 2010.

On September 28, 2015, defendant Joel Perry was sentenced to 84 years to life in state prison. In June 2015, co-defendants Noel Cruz and Raymond Romo pled guilty to their role in the crimes and were sentenced in July. Noel Cruz pled to 37 years in prison, and Romo pled to 11 years in State Prison. Co-defendant Damien Alaniz is still facing charges.

The case was prosecuted by Senior DDA Elgin Lowe, with assistance from DA Inspectors Nicole Elder and Lou Cruz and Victim-Witness Advocate Nicole Santos.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015