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Trenton Gang Leader Pleads Guilty In Connection With Killing of Innocent Bystander

The leader of the Gangster Killer Bloods street gang in Trenton, New Jersey pleaded guilty late yesterday afternoon to a charge of aggravated manslaughter for ordering gang members to carry out a shooting in 2005 that caused the death of 22-year-old Sharee Voorhees, who was caught in gunfire while out on her porch.

Bernard Green (NJ Office of Attorney General)

Bernard Green also pleaded guilty to racketeering, admitting he directed the gang’s activity, including drug dealing and other shootings, during a period of intense violence in 2005 between his faction of the Bloods and rival gangs.

“Sharee Voorhees’ death shook the community, starkly illustrating the indiscriminate brutality of gang violence,” says State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa. “What this guilty plea illustrates is the determination of a group of outstanding officers, investigators and prosecutors to make those responsible pay, especially the gang leader, Bernard Green, who oversaw this reign of terror in Trenton.”

Gang Leader Admits Ordering Shooting

Green, 30, aka “Petey Black,” admits that he directed the criminal activities of the Gangster Killer Bloods as the gang’s leader and ordered the shooting that resulted in the death of Voorhees.

Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Green be sentenced to 26 years in state prison, including 22 years of parole ineligibility under the No Early Release Act, for the charge of aggravated manslaughter related to Voorhees, and a consecutive sentence of 10 years in prison on the racketeering charge.

Voorhees was killed when members of the Gangster Killer Bloods opened fire on an SUV in Trenton in 2005.

They thought a high-ranking member of the rival Nine Trey Gangsters, Joseph James, aka “Hell Rell” was in the SUV. It was the wrong car.

The car was driven by Michael Cadlett, who had five passengers. One bullet hit Cadlett in the stomach, and another traveled down the street and hit Voorhees in the chest as she sat on her porch.

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