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State of New Jersey v. Keeon Jones

August 4, 2011

STATE OF NEW JERSEY, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
KEEON JONES, A/K/A ASMAR JONES, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



On appeal from Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Essex County, Indictment No. 06-02-0450.

Per curiam.

NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION

Submitted July 26, 2011

Before Judges Graves and Yannotti.

Defendant Keeon Jones appeals from an order dated January 26, 2010, denying his petition for post-conviction relief (PCR). We affirm.

In a forty-count indictment, defendant and four other persons were charged with numerous offenses. On December 19, 2006, defendant pled guilty to ten first-degree charges, four second-degree charges, one third-degree charge, and three fourth-degree charges. In exchange, the State agreed to dismiss all of the remaining charges in the indictment and to recommend a twelve-year prison term, subject to an eighty-five percent period of parole ineligibility under the No Early Release Act (NERA), N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.2.

In the plea papers defendant initialed and signed, he confirmed that he was satisfied with the advice he received from his attorney and that he was entering the guilty plea voluntarily. In addition, when questioned by his attorney, defendant testified as follows:

Q. . . . Now on August 13th, 2005, you, Jeffrey Walker, Jermaine Walker, Jahad Lasane, and Elijah Perry (all phonetic) committed a series of robberies, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. Okay. And that was approximately from 9:30 in the morning to 10 o'clock in the morning, about a half [h]our spree. There was this crazy spree where you guys drove around in a Jeep and robbed people, right?

A. Yes.

Q. Okay. Now, just for purposes of all these people, we're going to go through them one at a time. When I say the word robbery, you guys agreed to forcibly take from other individuals property that did not belong to you, correct?

A. Yes.. . . .

Q. All right. But even on the people where you didn't get any money, it was your intent to steal something from these people and not give it back to them, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. Okay. Now, in order to get these people to give you their possessions, you utilized some weapons?

A. Yes.

Q. What type of . . . weapons were you guys utilizing on August 13th, 2005?

A. A 45 caliber and 38 revolver.

Q. Okay. And . . . that was the means that you used to force this from other people, correct?

A. Yes.

Q. Okay. Now we'll go through these people one at a time now, all right? At about 9:30 in the morning, while in the area of Grafton . . . Avenue, those were your first victims. . . .

A. Yes.

Q. Okay. And from Candido Arroyo, a cell phone was taken?

A. Yes.

Q. Okay. And from Rafael Carrero, approximately ...


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