Jessica OrbonFeb 6, 2018, 3:42 pm

Jersey City teen charged in hit-and-run faces decade-long prison sentence

Judge Paul Depascale says Oriental Hamlet is an elevated risk of violence and a danger to the community


JERSEY CITY — Oriental Hamlet faces charges including aggravated manslaughter and death by auto after police say he was driving a stolen car that hit and killed 33-year-old Umar King. The 19-year-old walked into court in handcuffs on Tuesday.

King was killed while waiting for the bus last month, as Hamlet and two other suspects led police on a chase through Jersey City. Hamlet was arrested by the Hudson County Regional Fatal Collision Unit. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez says the teenagers involved in the accident should turn themselves in.

"For the teens and for the family members: Turn yourselves in. You can't keep running; it just can't happen. We are going to solve this,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. “It's better for you and your family if you turn yourself in and out of respect for the person who lost their life and the person who lost a loved one. Do the right thing."

On Tuesday, Judge Paul Depascale ruled that Hamlet will not be granted bail and will be kept in prison ahead of trial, saying he is an elevated risk of violence and a danger to the community with a lengthy criminal past including possession of a firearm and assault.

One of the suspects, a 16-year-old who was a passenger in the car, has not been charged with any crimes. The third suspect is still at large.

Hamlet faces a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted.

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