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Man Pleads Guilty in 2020 Crash That Killed One, Injured Two in Paterson


Passaic County officials announced that a Paterson Man entered a guilty plea in State of New Jersey v. Lawan Henry.

Officials said Mr. Henry pled guilty today to Death by Automobile, a second-degree crime, Driving without a License Causing Death, a third-degree crime, and two counts of fourth-degree Assault by Automobile, before the Honorable Marybel Ramirez, J.S.C.

In exchange for his guilty pleas, at the time of sentencing, the State will be recommending nine years in State Prison, of which the defendant must serve 85 percent before becoming eligible for parole pursuant to the No Early Release Act, as well as a mandatory three years of parole supervision upon his release.


According to Passaic County officials, Mr. Henry admitted under oath that on November 15, 2020, he drove a motor vehicle recklessly on Broadway near the intersection of East 30th Street in the City of Paterson.

Henry also admitted traveling 108 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone before losing control of the vehicle and crashing, officials said. 

He further admitted that a 17-year-old passenger in his vehicle passed away from injuries sustained in the crash and his two other passengers suffered severe bodily injuries.

Officials said Mr. Henry’s sentencing date has been scheduled for September 22, 2021, before the Honorable Marybel Ramirez, J.S.C.

Senior Assistant Prosecutor Julie Serfess represents the State and Mr. Henry is represented by Gregory Aprile, Esq.