March 16, 2018
Irvington Man Sentenced to 65 Years for Two-Day Carjacking Spree
Judge Rejects Sovereign Citizen Defense
Newark — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that George Gaymon, 30, of Irvington was sentenced to 65 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Martin G. Cronin, Judge of the Superior Court.
Gaymon, who declared himself a “sovereign citizen’’ during jury selection and was eventually removed from the court room because he refused to adhere to Judge Cronin’s instructions attempted to claim he was not under the jurisdiction of the court and even sought to have Judge Cronin recuse himself from the case but all those efforts failed yesterday.
Rejecting those claims, Judge Cronin sentenced Gaymon to 65 years in New Jersey State Prison. He must serve 51 years before he is eligible for parole.
On Jan. 26, an Essex County jury convicted Gaymon of 20 counts for a two-day carjacking and robbery spree during which he victimized numerous individuals in Essex County. He was convicted of first degree armed robbery, carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, conspiracy to commit robbery, theft, multiple counts of credit card fraud and multiple counts of illegal possession of weapons, including both a handgun and knife.
“The state is extremely satisfied with the sentence. It will deter others who attempt to go down the road of sovereign citizenry,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor William Neafsey, who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Perez.
“The court’s sentence provides justice to the victims who were terrorized during defendant’s crime spree,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Perez.
In the trial before Judge Cronin the evidence showed that Gaymon and co-defendant, Mario McClain, 34, of Orange stole a Jeep Cherokee in Orange and a Dodge Intrepid in Newark and then went to the Power Gas Station on 18th Avenue and robbed an attendant at 7:00 am on March 2, 2014.
Later that morning, they went to Speedwell Avenue in Newark, bumped a white Infiniti with the stolen Dodge Intrepid. When the male driver, a veteran on his way to work, got out to inspect the damage, Gaymon pulled a gun on him and carjacked him.
On March 27, 2014 they used the white Infiniti to bump a woman driving a grey Mercedes Benz SUV in Irvington. They carjacked that vehicle, taking her pocketbook with credit cards that they promptly begin to use at a sneaker store and a deli where they were caught on video. The two were eventually caught and prosecuted.
In January of 2016, McClain entered a guilty plea. Under the terms of the plea agreement he is expected to be sentenced to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison when he is sentenced.
Gaymon has four prior adult felony convictions and multiple juvenile offenses dating back to 2003. His prior convictions are for robbery, receiving stolen property, eluding police and resisting arrest.
Acting Prosecutor Laurino commended the Irvington and Newark Police Departments for their assistance in this case.