Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Sherry A. Hutchins-Henderson, J.S.C. sentenced Nadiyah Venable, 23, of Newark to 55 years state prison for the murder of Sha-Ron Moens, a 29-year-old mother of three from Newark.
On May 15, 2010 a pregnant Venable, accompanied by her then 15-year-old cousin, went to Moens’ home. Venable threw bleach in the victim’s eyes and then stabbed her at least 30 times, leaving her to die in the presence of two youngest children, according to Assistant Prosecutor Purva Deshpande, who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Cynthia Teller. The oldest child ran for help.
Venable was angry because Kenny Jones, the father of Moens’ two youngest children, had decided to terminate his relationship with Venable and returned to Moens.
The jury deliberated for just a few hours before returning a guilty verdict on all counts on June 27, 2013.
Venable was sentenced to 55 years and is required to serve 85 percent of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole under New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA).
“Nothing can erase what those children witnessed in this savage attack, but this sentence sends a clear message that committing such a violent and senseless crime will not be tolerated,” said Assistant Prosecutor Deshpande.
Prosecutor Murray commended Assistant Prosecutors Deshpande and Teller for their excellent work on this case.