Somers Point teen convicted of robbery at knifepoint

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MAYS LANDING – A 17-year-old Somers Point youth was tried and convicted as an adult Thursday, April 4 of robbing a boy of his Christmas gifts at knifepoint in a Somers Point park, according to acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain.

On Dec. 25, 2011 Lation Jensen, who was 16 at the time, conspired with his 21-year-old brother, Warren Jensen, to lure the boy to the Jordan Road School park, where Lation Jenson, who was alone with the victim, attacked him from behind, held a knife to his throat, and robbed him of his Christmas gifts: a set of audio earphones and an iPhone. 

Somers Point police arrested the brothers the same day and recovered the knife used in the crime. Detective Jack Sementa was the lead detective on the case.

Warren Jensen was charged with robbery, conspiracy, and employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime. He pleaded guilty in January 2013 of employing a juvenile in the commission of an armed robbery and is scheduled for sentencing before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury April 12. He faces a potential penalty of 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, subject to the No Early Release Act.

Lation Jensen was charged as an adult in May and subsequently indicted for first degree armed robbery, second degree conspiracy to commit robbery, third degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and fourth degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He was convicted Thursday of all four crimes.

He is scheduled for July 1 sentencing before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Albert Garofolo and faces up to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, subject to the No Early Release Act.

Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor John Moldovan represented the state.

In his closing statement, Moldovan said that Lation Jensen “attacked the victim from behind, held him down, held a knife to his throat, and robbed him. And no witness contradicts those facts.” Moldovan then said, “Normally the state has the last word in a criminal case, but we will give that to the defendant.” Moldovan then played a video of statements Jensen made in court. 


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