21-Year-Old East Orange Man Convicted for Mother's Day Armed Robbery

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced that an Essex County jury has convicted Mario Lyn, 21, of East Orange of a 2014 Mother’s Day robbery following a trial before the Honorable Joseph Donohue, Judge of the Superior Court.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Meredith Mona, who tried the case, the 14-year-old victim had just left his grandmother’s home and was on his to his mother’s house when Lyn and a co-conspirator asked him if they could use his cell phone.

The victim agreed. Lyn and his co-defendant led the victim to the side of a house. They ran his pockets and forced him to give up his jacket, sneakers, and cell phone.

Earlier today an Essex County jury convicted Lyn of 2nd-degree robbery and 2nd-degree conspiracy.

"The jury considered all of the evidence in this case and reached a fair verdict guaranteeing justice for the victim," said Assistant Prosecutor Mona.

The co-defendant Elijah Jordan, 21, was charged in the same indictment as Lyn. Jordan pled guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery on June 8, 2016. Jordan is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 27 and is expected to receive five years for his role in the robbery.

He also pled to two other cases. Jordan is projected to get a total of 10 years for all 3 cases.

Under the No Early Release Act (NERA) he must serve 85 percent of the 10-year sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Lyn is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 24 on the robbery charges. He too must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.