December 22, 2022
FREEHOLD – Two men were sentenced for their respective roles in the 2019 shooting homicide of a 23-year-old Asbury Park man at the Prospect Avenue basketball courts, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Thursday.
On Friday December 16, 2022, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Marc C. Lemieux, Prince D. Young, 25, and Chyrod M. Freeman, 24, both of Asbury Park, were each sentenced to 20 years in a New Jersey State Prison on first-degree Aggravated Manslaughter charges. Those charges are subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA) which requires Young and Freeman to serve 85% of their sentences prior to being eligible for parole.
Young was also sentenced to 10 years in a New Jersey State Prison for first-degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder and 5 years for second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun. Both charges will run concurrently to the Aggravated Manslaughter sentence.
Freeman was also sentenced to 10 years in a New Jersey State Prison for second-degree Aggravated Assault and 5 years for second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun. Both charges will run concurrently to the Aggravated Manslaughter charge.
Young and Freeman previously pleaded guilty on January 27, 2022 to their roles in the June 2019 shooting death of Jehadje J. McMillian.
“Jehadje J. McMillian was a young man with an extremely bright future ahead of him that was taken away in a single act of senseless violence,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago stated. “The sanctity of life dictates that justice be served. These pleas and the ensuing sentences strived to provide a grieving family some sense of closure.”
Asbury Park police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired in the 1100 block of Atlantic Avenue in the city around 10:44 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2019. Police arrived on scene to find McMillian with a gunshot wound, and he was taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune Township, where he was pronounced deceased at 12:14 a.m. of the following day.
The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Matthew Bogner, Director of the Major Crimes Bureau, and Ashley Behre. Young was represented by James R. Lisa, Esq. of Jersey City, and Freeman was represented by Albert Kapin, Esq. of West Orange.