A pair of East Orange brothers both with prior convictions were sentenced to 11 and 16 years each in state prison for robbing a victim in broad daylight at knife- and- gunpoint in 2018.
The victim had just walked out of an East Orange deli when he felt someone grab him from behind and force him into a corner behind 520 Central Ave., on Oct. 11, 2018 around 11:45 a.m., the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.
Two more men came over -- one with a shotgun or rifle, the other with a knife -- and took $560 in cash, a debit card, a Social Security card and ID card, the prosecutor's office said.
The three suspects then fled.
The victim was able to identify two suspects as Fuquan Knight and Shaquan Knight. A few days later, he identified the third suspect as their father, Kyler Knight.
Shaquan Knight was sentenced to 11 years in state prison and Fuquan Knight, who was also convicted of third-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, was sentenced to 16 years.
The father, Kyler Knight, fled the state and was arrested in Virginia for robbery, where he remains.
The brothers must serve 85 percent of their sentence before they are eligible for parole, according to Assistant Prosecutor Sean D. Dickson who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Brian Olsen.
“Thanks to the hard work of the East Orange Police Department, the defendants were quickly apprehended,’’ Assistant Prosecutor Olsen said.
Shaquan Knight has one prior conviction and Fuquan Knight has three prior convictions.
The brothers were sentenced Superior Court Judge Siobhan Teare.
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