Defendant Admits Guilt of Witness Tampering
By: Moe M.
On October 25, 2016, Kyon Coleman, a twenty (20) year old male, shot a fifteen (15) year old girl on Eagles Parkway in Newark, New Jersey. At the scene, there was another fifteen (15) year old girl who was injured. In addition to shooting at the two girls, Kyon Coleman fired his weapon at two males on Lincoln Street in Newark, New Jersey. Two individuals were injured and taken to the University Hospital located at 150 Bergen Street, Newark, New Jersey.
Soon thereafter, Coleman attempted to influence and tamper the witnesses who had given law enforcement reports recognizing him as the shooter.
On November 16, 2017, Mr. Coleman pled guilty to one count of Witness Tampering and two counts of Second Degree Aggravated Assault. He appeared at the Essex County Superior Court in front of the Honorable Judge Martin G. Cronin.
On January 5, 2018, Mr. Coleman will appear in court for a sentencing hearing at which time he will be expected to be sentenced to seven (7) years for witness tampering and five (5) years for Aggravated Assault as per the terms of the plea agreement. Pursuant to the No Early Release Act, Coleman must serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole, at which time he will be on parole under supervision for an additional three (3) years.
All persons are assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.