ASBURY PARK – Two local men pleaded guilty to a murder that was part of a rash of gun violence in the city.
Jehadje J. McMillian, 23, of Asbury Park was shot at the Prospect Avenue basketball courts on June 14, 2019. He died hours later at the hospital.
Prince D. Young, 24, and Chyrod M. Freeman, 23, both of Asbury Park, pleaded guilty to first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter and second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Young also pled guilty to first-degree Conspiracy and second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, while Freeman also pled guilty to second-degree Aggravated Assault.
Both are facing 20 years in state prison, subject to the “No Early Release Act,” which means they must serve at least 85 percent of their term before being eligible for parole.
Young and Freeman were only two of four men that were originally named in a 17-count indictment on January 14, 2020 for their roles in McMillian’s homicide or other incidents that were part of a rash of gun violence in Asbury Park during the summer of 2019. Scimel Jackson, 30, of Jay Street in Lakewood and Jahquan F. Allah, 27, of Asbury Park, were also charged with separate crimes in the indictment, and their cases remain pending.
Jackson was charged with three counts of first-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, fourth-degree Possession of a Prohibited Weapon (hollow point ammunition), third-degree Receiving Stolen Property, and two counts of second degree Certain Persons Not to Have Firearms, arising out of events preceding the McMillian homicide.
Allah is charged with first-degree Attempted Murder as a result of firing a handgun at Prince Young during the shooting incident that resulted in the death of McMillian, second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, three counts of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, fourth-degree Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, and third-degree Receiving Stolen Property.