August 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM
NEWARK, NJ – On March 20, a 53-year-old Livingston man was carjacked by Raheem Battles, 32, of Orange. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C., sentenced Battles to 20 years in state prison for the crime.
The Livingston victim was carjacked by Battles in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant on Main Street in Orange. Battles forced the driver out of his car by entering the passenger side.
Battles drove away and was shortly pursued by Orange police because the car was driving erratically and at a high rate of speed. Finally, Battles collided with another car at which point police determined that the speeding car was the carjacked vehicle.
Battles was seen before a jury and after a two week trial he was found guilty of carjacking, after the jury deliberated for an hour and a half. This is Battles' second felony conviction.
“A 20-year sentence is entirely appropriate based on the violent nature of carjacking and because the crime was committed by a convicted felon,” said Assistant Prosecutor Brian Matthews, who tried the case. “I commend the Orange Police for their outstanding police work resulting in this successful outcome.”
Under New Jersey’s No Early Release Act, Battles is required to serve 17 years of his 20 year sentence before he is eligible for parole.