Route 33 drive-by shooter indicted by Monmouth County Grand Jury
A Mercer County man is indicted by a Monmouth County Grand Jury for shooting a woman who was driving along Route 33 West in Freehold Township on May 3.
Prosecutors say 34-year old Kader Mustafa of Hightstown shot 24-year old Sciasia Calhoun of Freehold Borough as she drove along Route 33 West at the exit ramp for Halls Mill Road in a 1997 Mazda Protege.
A 9-1-1 call around 11:44 pm that night informed police of a woman who was shot inside her vehicle.
Calhoun's boyfriend and one year old daughter were unharmed in the car shooting.
Mustafa was found in Manalapan the next morning around 8:10 am on Oakland Mills Road and now faces a minimum 30-years in state prison following the six-county indictment charging him with the crime.
He was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Impala while allegedly committing the crime.
Calhoun was transported by Freehold First Aid with the assistance of Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corporation (MONOC) to CentraState Medical Center and where she died at about 12:46 a.m.
The indictment charged Mustafa with first degree Murder, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, two counts of second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and two counts of third degree Endangering Another Person.
If convicted of Murder, Mustafa faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
The sentence comes with a 30-year period of parole ineligibility and is subject to the provisions of the "No Early Release Act" (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole.
He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.
If convicted of the weapons charges, Mustafa faces a sentence of five to ten years in prison, with a period of up to forty two months that must be served prior to becoming eligible for parole.
If convicted of Endangering Another Person, Mustafa faces a sentence of three to five years in prison.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Director of Investigations John Loughrey and Assistant Prosecutor Martha Nye.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
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