A Union County jury has returned a guilty verdict against a Plainfield man who robbed a pedestrian at knifepoint in 2012, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.
Ricky Sugar-Ray Booker, 25, was convicted Wednesday of a single charge of first-degree armed robbery following approximately 90 minutes of jury deliberation and a weeklong trial before state Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue.
It was early on the morning of April 19, 2012 when the victim, then a resident of West Third Street in Plainfield, was walking to a local county park to exercise, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutors Scott Peterson and Travis Carter, who prosecuted the case. As the victim walked down South Second Street in Plainfield, a vehicle approached him and a man later identified as Booker got out and started chasing him, Peterson said.
The victim was robbed of approximately $300, and the vehicle sped off with Booker inside. A Plainfield Police Division investigation that grew to additionally involve Prosecutor’s Office detectives identified Booker as a suspect in the case, and he was arrested about three weeks later, with bail set at $250,000, cash only.
Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for September 5. First-degree offenses can result in terms of up to 20 years in state prison, and Booker is expected to be sentenced in accordance with the No Early Release Act, stipulating that he serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.