MAYS LANDING — An Atlantic City teen is slated to be sentenced Friday in the first conviction for first-degree gang criminality in Atlantic County.
Zion Moore, 19, pleaded guilty to gang criminality, possession of a handgun, aggravated assault and carjacking charges Aug. 8, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office. Moore entered into a plea agreement that calls for him to serve 26 years in state prison, and requires that he serve at least 13.6 years before becoming eligible for parole.
He is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. before Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr.
During his plea, Moore admitted in court to being involved with the Head Shot gang from Atlantic City’s Back Maryland section. According to Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner, Moore told authorities that between August 2016 and January 2017, he possessed and used a handgun in a series of retaliation shootings targeting the FettiGeez gang from the city’s Stanley Holmes Village housing complex. Moore told the court Oct. 12, 2016, he shot a young man who was not his intended target.
Charges from a second incident were included in Moore’s plea agreement. Tyner said on Dec. 5, 2016, Moore approached a woman in a car and pointed a semi-automatic handgun during a carjacking in Pleasantville. After an investigation by police, Moore and a second man, Donte Brooks, were charged with possession of a handgun and carjacking.
Brooks, 25, of Atlantic City, previously pleaded guilty to the charges and is facing 10 years in state prison.
Moore is currently housed in Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility, Burlington County.