Jersey City gang leader gets 16 years in prison for weapons violations after beating murder rap

JERSEY CITY — An admitted “five-star general” in the Bloods street gang who beat a murder rap twice has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for firearms offenses in connection with the 2008 murder of a Jersey City man.

Darnell Reeves, 28, of Jersey City, was sentenced yesterday to 16 years for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and eight years for unlawful possession of a weapon. Superior Court Judge Lisa Rose ordered that the prison terms will run concurrently.

Reeves was charged with the Dec. 14, 2008 murder of Henry Molesky, 41, of Woodlawn Avenue, who was shot in the back of the head near his parked car on Clinton Street near West Side Avenue.

The first time Reeves was tried for the murder the result was a hung jury on the murder count, but he was convicted on weapons offenses. The second time he was tried, he was acquitted of the murder charge.

Reeves must serve eight years before becoming eligible for parole, but he will get credit for the 1,122 days he has been in jail since his arrest,

At the sentencing, Reeves noted that he has already been jailed three years and asked the judge for leniency, saying he is innocent and wants to go home to his 8-year-old son.

“If it would be possible to take it easy on me at the sentencing it would be appreciated,” Reeves said. “It truly would be a blessing.”

In handing down the sentence, Rose noted that Reeves has three prior criminal convictions and a disorderly persons conviction, which made him eligible for a longer sentence as a persistent offender. Reeves was facing up to 20 years in prison.

At the sentencing hearing, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Jorge Morales noted that Reeves admitted he was a high-ranking member of the Bloods street gang when filling out forms while being admitted to Hudson County jail in Kearny.

Reeve’s half-brother, Nicquan Scott, was accused of participating in the Molesky killing. Scott was similarly acquitted of murder charges but found guilty of a weapons offense after his 2010 trial. Scott was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal on June 01, 2012 at 9:42 AM, updated June 01, 2012 at 9:44 AM

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