Newark Bloods gang member gets life in prison for fatal turf shooting
By Alexi Friedman (The Star-Ledger)
March 02, 2010
IRVINGTON — A member of the Bloods street gang was sentenced Monday to life in prison, plus another 30 years, for an Irvington turf war shooting that left one member of the rival Crips gang dead and another wounded.
In December, a Superior Court jury convicted Wallace Gaskins of killing Anthony Stover, 19, on March 8, 2008, said Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Paul Bradley.
The jury also convicted Gaskins, 28, of attempted murder for shooting and wounding another man, Mark Harper. Gaskins was acquitted of murder.
Superior Court Judge Michael Petrolle sentenced Gaskins to life in prison on the attempted murder conviction Monday, and 30 years on the aggravated manslaughter count.
Gaskins, of Newark, along with Shamir Brown and Alexander Owens, shot Stover and Harper that day as they were entering a car at around 1 a.m., authorities said.
Stover, a member of the Crips gang, was shot when he entered Bloods territory in Irvington after repeated warnings to stop doing so, said Bradley, who handled the case with Assistant Prosecutor Marlyen Habib.
“It’s important that gang guys know they don’t get to make the laws,” Bradley said. “They don’t get to make the laws in their own territory.”
Owens pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge and Brown pleaded guilty to drug charges.
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