On October 7, 2022 a Linden man was sentenced to 14 years in state prison for the shooting death of 38-year-old Darrell Q. McKoy, two years ago, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced today.
On August 1, 2022 Dion M. Johnson, 40, pled guilty to 1st degree aggravated manslaughter in exchange for the 14-year sentence which requires him to serve at least 85% of the term before the possibility of parole.
“Shortly after 12:45pm on Monday October 5, 2020, members of the Linden Police Department responded to the 1200 block of Essex Avenue and found McKoy outside his home, having sustained serious injuries from multiple gunshot wounds,” according to Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Desimone, who was prosecuting the case. “McKoy was transported to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 1:30pm.”
An investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, Linden Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, resulted in Johnson being identified as the suspect in the case. The US Marshals Fugitive Task Force from New Jersey also assisted with the apprehension of the suspect.
“We are grateful for the collaboration from all law enforcement agencies who assisted our office in bringing this suspect to justice,” said Union County Prosecutor Daniel. “I hope this sentencing can bring some relief to all of those mourning Mr. McKoy.”