MAYS LANDING - The December 2012 deaths of two teenagers that shocked the local community were the result of a home invasion robbery gone wrong, according to acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain.
An Atlantic City teen who was charged as a juvenile for the shooting death of a Pleasantville man in December 2012, and subsequently waived up to be tried as an adult in criminal court, was indicted for murder on Thursday, Oct. 3., McClain said.
On April 18, 2013, the Atlantic City Police Department apprehended Abubaka Brown, then 17, for Dec. 5, 2012 murder of Taron Williams, 19.
Williams and Todd Mitchell, 13, also of Pleasantville, were discovered by police outside of a residence at 10½ Woodland Ave. in Pleasantville.
Both teens were shot multiple times and were transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where they were pronounced dead a short time later.
A four-month investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department led to the arrest of Brown for the murder of Taron Williams during the commission of a home invasion robbery.
The investigation revealed that Abubaka Brown and Todd Mitchell had conspired to rob Taron Williams at gunpoint, and that Brown shot and killed Williams during the robbery. Then Williams shot and killed Mitchell while he was defending himself.
Brown was initially charged as a juvenile and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $350,000 bail, where he remains.
On June 28, Brown was waived up to be tried as an adult in Atlantic County Superior Court by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
On Thursday, Oct. 3, a grand jury returned eight indictments against Brown. They are murder, two counts of felony murder, conspiracy, armed robbery, armed burglary, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a handgun.
Conviction for a count of murder or felony murder carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment with a minimum of 30 years of incarceration before becoming eligible for parole.
For the news of his arrest go here: http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/administrator/index.php?option=com_content&;sectionid=-1&task=edit&cid=40750
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