Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announces that Paul Myhand, 40, was found guilty after a jury trial before the Honorable Scott J. Bennion, J.S.C.
According to a statement released by the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, on April 26, following approximately one hour of deliberations, the jury returned guilty verdicts against the defendant on two counts of first-degree carjacking where the defendant is facing a life term of imprisonment.
Officials say, the State presented evidence at the trial that on July 24, 2016, the defendant entered an occupied car as the driver was parking near the intersection of Main Street and Broadway in Paterson. According to the State’s evidence, the defendant then assaulted both the driver and his passenger while shouting “Give me the car!”
The defendant then took control of the car, and sped away from the scene, sideswiping two other vehicles. The victims suffered minor injuries. The defendant was arrested by members of the Paterson Police Department approximately 36 minutes later while driving the stolen car about twelve blocks from the scene of the crime according to officials.
Mr. Myhand was remanded to the Passaic County Jail pending sentence after Judge Bennion revoked his bail of $200,000.
Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Kerrigan represented the State. Thomas McQuillan, Esquire represented Paul Myhand.