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Man Gets 15 Years for Apartment Robbery

Sumler Pointed Gun at Woman During 2010 Incident

A city man who authorities said pointed a gun at a woman during a 2010 robbery has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office announced today.

Elijah Sumler, 31, of Newark, must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence under the No Early Release Act. He was convicted of second degree conspiracy to commit robbery and a weapons offense by Judge Peter Ryan today in Newark.

Prosecutors sought an especially stiff sentence against Sumler, who has four prior felony convictions and 16 arrests for crimes which authorities said were getting progressively more serious. Ordinarily, second degree offenses carry a 5- to 10- year sentence.

“Second degree terms require a sentence of 5 to 10 years,” Assistant Prosecutor Justin Edwab, who tried the case, said in a statement. “However, considering the defendant’s history—including four prior convictions and the violent nature of pointing a gun at the victim—the court felt this defendant met the requirement for an extended term, which is between 10 to 20 years.”

On August 25, 2010, Sumler, armed with a gun, and two other males, broke into the second floor apartment of 700 block of South 19th Street. Inside the apartment were a 31-year-old female and her 2-year-old daughter. The men ransacked the apartment, robbing the woman of her flat screen television, computer, an electronic gaming system, cell phone, money and clothing.  Sumler, whom the victim identified, was found guilty of second degree conspiracy to commit robbery and fourth degree aggravated assault by pointing a firearm at the victim on March 14.

amanda right May 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
And also the codefendent was release do to lack of evidence that she set the Robert up. So if the victim says codefendent set it up and she was release where do Mr sumler play a role if the person that suppose to set the Robery up was release I thought when u have a codefendent if one not guilty the other is not guilty. Where is the protection from screwed up justice systems.
amanda right May 01, 2012 at 10:02 PM
All the prosecution had againts Mr sumler was here say. No evidence was discover no evidence. They also did no properly handle the investigation. Victim had to many storys on what happen that day how happen and the time of this robbery. If u want to know the facts your self look in to it u will see what I seen from the very beginning that they just wanted a conviction even though they knew they was sending a innocent man to jail
amanda right May 01, 2012 at 10:47 PM
The prior convictions sumler had was petty drug charges sumler never had a violent record in his life. So how it was getting more serious if he never was convicted or arrested on a violent crime. Sumler completed parole and probation with no problem and also he was staying out of trouble before this accusation he stayed out of trouble and the justice system for five years. This is the first time he ever was accused of something like this and the crazy part is he did not do what he was charged with. But he's a danger to others. What about the people who killing and raping women and children. What do u call them. He's not a repeated felon cause before all this he was a stay at home husband and father who participated in his kids life who wanted to make a change for the better and the justice system and the girl who lied on him took all that away from him and his wife and kids.
amanda right May 01, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Sumler was railroad a innocent man went to jail cause of a vendetta the so call victim had against his co defendent. How can you publicly expose this man like this when they didn't even publicly expose when the crime happen on the day it happen. It's stuff that's not being told by the prosecution because they know they rong. The victim also is a convicted felon of drug charges just like sumler. He was convicted on here say not evidence cause the prosecution did not have none. Also a jury couldn't find him guiltyof the charges that was brought againts him. He was charge with first degree ARM robbery but was found guilty of second degree conspiracy so how u can give a man fifteen years for a five to ten year sentence when he never had a violent record. If u want the real facts and to learn the truth look in to this cause this could be your love ones
nettys heart July 11, 2012 at 04:25 AM
very well said...exactly how it is...

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