Frazier Gets Over 40 Years For Shooting Death Of 9-Year-Old Girl

Bridgeton, New Jersey  – Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announced Saturday the sentencing of Leroy Frazier.

On February 21, 2020, the Hon. Robert Malestein, J.S.C. imposed the following sentence upon defendant, Leroy Frazier: On Count 1 Aggravated Manslaughter, the Judge sentenced the defendant to 25 years New Jersey State Prison with the No Early Release Act (85% stipulation of parole ineligibility) applying.

9-year-old Jennifer Trejo

On Count 3 Attempted Murder, the Judge sentenced the defendant to 17 years New Jersey State Prison with the No Early Release Act applying. Counts 1 and 3 applied to separate victims and therefore the Judge ran Count 3 consecutive to Count 1 for an aggregate sentence of 42 years New Jersey State Prison. This sentence will also run consecutive to the current sentence he is serving (5 years, must do 3.5 years). Counts 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 merged with Count 3.

Prior to the hearing, there was a New Trial motion argued by the defense (Emily Bell) and denied. Also, the Judge denied the extended term motion filed by the State.

The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on July 17, 2018 in the City of Bridgeton, when the victim, 9-year-old Jennifer Trejo, was struck and killed by a bullet that ripped through her bedroom wall of her home on Church Street. Leroy Frazier, along with codefendants Michael Elliot, Zahmere McKoy, and Charles Gamble were charged with her death. (Elliot, McKoy and Gamble are all still pending trial.)

On January 16, 2020, Leroy Frazier, 21 of Bridgeton, was found guilty after a two-week trial before the Honorable Robert G. Malestein, J.S.C.  The jury returned a verdict of guilty after 4 hours of deliberation on Conspiracy to Commit Murder (1st degree), Aggravated Manslaughter (1st degree), Attempted Murder (1st degree), two counts of Aggravated Assault (2nd and 3rd degree), and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose (2nd degree).

Senior Trial Attorney Elizabeth Vogelsong prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.  The defendant was represented by Emily Bell, Esq.