CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — A Wildwood resident on Thursday pleaded guilty to carjacking a teenager and was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.
Floribert Nava, 45, wanted the teenager’s baby when she used a fake gun March 22, 2013, to force the 17-year-old girl to drive her from Wildwood to Philadelphia.
Investigators said the victim, whose name was not disclosed but was referred to by the initials SBJ, had given birth to a child who was adopted by another family. Nava, who was an acquaintance of the victim, believed she should have been given the baby and carjacked the victim to force her to take her to the child.
The victim, however, took control of the situation by crashing into a police car parked on the shoulder of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to get the attention of law enforcement. She then jumped from the car and told the police officer that the passenger in the vehicle had a gun and had kidnapped her earlier in the day from Wildwood.
Nava had previously been ruled competent to stand trial. The case was set to go to trial on kidnapping, carjacking, terroristic threats and other charges. The plea bargain deal announced in Superior Court drops all but the carjacking charge.
Nava’s attorney, H. Parker Smith, said the deal would result in Nava getting a 12-year term in a New Jersey state prison and she must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence.
Nava, a native of Mexico who is not a U.S. citizen, spoke through an interpreter in court as she was quizzed by Judge Patricia Wild.
“Do you understand that by pleading guilty it could affect staying in the country or returning to the country? Do you wish to talk to an immigration attorney?” Wild asked.
“I need to think about this because I am married to an American citizen,” Nava said though the interpreter.
Smith said Nava will be entitled to services of an immigration attorney when she is released from prison.
“Do you understand you’re giving up the right to go to trial?” Wild asked.
“The truth is I don’t understand about these things. I’ve never been through this situation,” replied Nava.
On further questioning, Nava said she did not want to go to trial, which Wild said could have brought a 30-year prison term.
During questioning by Smith, Nava admitted to details in the case including entering the victim’s car, using the toy gun and threatening harm to the victim.
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