Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Michael L. Ravin sentenced Jamil Kollie, 19, of Newark to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Under the No Early Release Act, Kollie must serve 85 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
In December 2012, an Essex County jury convicted Kollie of first degree robbery and weapons offenses following a trial.
On Jan. 19, 2011, Kollie pointed a gun at a man on the corner of Schley Street and Chancellor Avenue in Newark and demanded his money. The victim only had $12 at the time. Kollie told the victim that he needed more money and threatened to shoot his knees off. The victim agreed to go to a nearby store to use its ATM machine for more cash.
Kollie then demanded the man’s car keys and threatened to take the car if the man did not return. Once inside the store, the victim used his cell phone to call 911. When the victim did not return promptly, Kollie fled the scene in the victim’s car with an unidentified male as the driver.
The jury deliberated for four hours before returning a guilty verdict.
“People in Newark should be able to carry on their daily business without the fear of being held at gunpoint and robbed,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Brian Matthews, who tried the case.