Plainfield Men Sentenced for Fatal Shooting of Teenager

Two Plainfield men have been sentenced to a combined 32 years in prison for fatally shooting a teenager following a minor car accident in 2004, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Timyan Cabbell, 34, was sentenced to 20 years on a charge of aggravated manslaughter while co-defendant John Calhoun, 33, received a 12-year sentence for manslaughter in connection with the death of 17-year-old Paul Lecaros of Piscataway. Both sentences, which were handed down Friday by state Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega, are subject to the No Early Release Act, meaning both defendants will have to serve at least 85 percent of their terms before becoming eligible for parole.

Cabbell and Calhoun opened fire on a pickup truck being driven by the father of Lecaros just after their vehicles collided in the area of West Second Street and Plainfield Avenue in Plainfield during the early hours of April 3, 2004. A subsequent investigation handled by Plainfield Police Detective Frank Wilson and Union County Prosecutor’s Office Detective William Mannix led to the identification of Cabbell and Calhoun as suspects.

A Union County jury took five hours to convict the two men before state Superior Court Judge William L’E. Wertheimer in 2006, when Cabbell originally received a 40-year sentence and Calhoun was sentenced to 20 years. The New Jersey Supreme Court reversed those convictions in 2011, returning the matter to Superior Court for a second adjudication.

Both men pleaded guilty in February.