Gang Member Found Guilty in 2005 Homicide

A confirmed member of the Crips Street Gang was found guilty today of a 2005 homicide that occurred in the city of Elizabeth, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Dwayne Dricketts, AKA Pimp, DOB: 9/1/1980 of Queens, N.Y. was found guilty of murder and weapon offences for the May 9, 2005 shooting death of Dana Reid, said Assistant Prosecutor Caroline Lawlor who prosecuted the case. According to the investigation, Reid was shot several times as he walked along Madison Avenue in Elizabeth. Dricketts was arrested in April 2010 in Paterson following a grand jury indictment, said Lawlor.

His arrest was the result of the formation of the Union County Homicide Task Force in late 2008. In addition to investigating current homicides in the county, the Task Force routinely investigates so-called “cold cases.” Detective Michael Manochio was instrumental in reviving the case and locating Jackson.

Dricketts was convicted following a six-week trial before Union County Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in November.

A co-defendant on the case Tyrell Jackson, 25, of New York, was found guilty of the same charges in February 2011.