NEWS RELEASE

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office
32 Rahway Avenue Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Theodore J. Romankow
Prosecutor

Contact:
John Holl
(908) 527-4621
jholl@ucnj.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2011

Blood Sentenced to Nearly 30 Years in State Prison


On Tuesday, July 5, 2011, Shawn Loyal (DOB: 3/3/84), a confirmed member of the Bloods street gang, was sentenced to nearly 30 years in New Jersey State Prison by Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Loyal was convicted of ten felonies, including aggravated assault, eluding, resisting arrest and aggravated assault on a police officer, following a two week trial, according to Assistant Prosecutor Brent A. Bramnick, who prosecuted the matter.

After an emergency broadcast from the Newark Police Department that they were chasing a vehicle related to a homicide, the Union Police Department located Loyal operating a stolen Chrysler and proceeded to chase him into Elizabeth. Loyal was driving a stolen vehicle and traveling at speeds upwards of 70 miles per hour, with no regard for stop signs, even wrecklessly passing school buses during the chase, before he ultimately crashed into a taxi cab, seriously injuring numerous innocent civilians.

“But for the work of the Union and Elizabeth emergency personnel, the injuries could have cost these innocent people their lives,” Bramnick said. Loyal, who was a fugitive, having escaped from State Prison, will be eligible for parole in approximately 2033.