Conviction in Plainfield Homicide

Earlier this morning a jury convicted Wallace Parrish of Felony Murder/Robbery/Weapons offenses in connection with the murder of United Taxi cab driver, Isidro Leonardo, announced Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr.

The conviction came after a five-week trial before Judge William Daniel, said Assistant Prosecutor Caroline Lawlor, who prosecuted the case.

The murder occurred in the earlier morning hours of September 28, 2010 on the 200 block of Spooner Avenue in the City of Plainfield.  The victim, Mr. Leonardo, was dispatched to Spooner Avenue to pick up a fare, said Lawlor.  After the driver arrived, Parrish DOB: 5/18/1991 of Plainfield, and co-defendant Jonathan Morgan then attempted to rob him and shot him once in the head while he was seated in his taxicab.  Both Parrish and Morgan are members of the SexMoneyMurder sect of the Bloods Street Gang.

Parrish was arrested on October 2, 2010 following an investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Division.

The jury also convicted Parrish of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in connection with a robbery that occurred 90 minutes before Mr. Leonardo was killed, when another taxicab driver from United Taxi was the victim of an attempted armed robbery, said Lawlor.

The case was investigated by Union County Homicide Task Force, specifically Sgt. Jorge Jimenez and Sgt. Kevin Grimmer along with the Plainfield Police Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 14th and Parrish faces up to life in prison.    Co-defendant Morgan is awaiting trial.