Man Sentenced in Plainfield Robbery, Homicide Case

In a Plainfield robbery and homicide case that dates back to 2010, one of the two co-defendants was recently sentenced to serve 30 years in New Jersey State Prison without the possibility for parole.

According to Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park, 23-year-old Wallace Parrish will be required to serve a 30-year term of imprisonment before the benefit of parole, after being convicted for his role in the 2010 robbery and murder of 44-year-old Isidro Leonardo, a taxi driver in Plainfield.

This case originated on Sept. 28, 2010, after Plainfield Police discovered Leonardo in his taxi with a gunshot wound to the head. The injury claimed his life a short time later and a coordinated investigation was then launched by members of the Union County Homicide Task Force, the Plainfield Police Division, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation ultimately led officials to Parrish and 28-year-old Jonathan Morgan, both of whom have been identified as members of Plainfield’s Sex Money Murder set of the Bloods. Parrish agreed to cooperate with law enforcement, testifying on behalf of the State in the trial against Morgan, who was sentenced to a 45-year term of incarceration, with a 38-year period of parole ineligibility.

As for Parrish, his period of parole ineligibility has been set at 30 years, which is the minimum term allowable under New Jersey’s homicide statute. Although homicide offenses are considered first degree crimes, the sentencing guidelines for these offenses are extended due to the egregious nature of these offenses in the eyes of the law.

While a defendant may be sentenced to between 10 and 20 years of imprisonment for a typical first degree offense, those convicted of murder may be required to serve a life-long prison sentence if deemed appropriate by the court. In this case, Parrish’s comparably reduced sentence is likely the result of his willingness to cooperate with authorities.

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