A Massachusetts teen arrested with a loaded gun while driving a stolen car was cut free by a Manhattan judge — despite prosecutors asking for bail due to the suspect’s “extensive outside of state ties,” The Post has learned. .
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge John Zhuo Wang released 18-year-old Jaquan Gilliard under surveillance during his arraignment Monday on charges of felony charges, including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Gilliard was a passenger in the back of the stolen 2014 Toyota Camry driven by his cousin — who wanted to take the couple from Massachusetts to South Carolina — when they were rounded up on West 101 on Sunday.st Street and Columbus Avenue, according to the charges against him.
A black semiautomatic pistol was found under the floorboard of the rear seat, and Gilliard later admitted it was his weapon, prosecutors said.
The office of Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg said that although it was the teen’s first arrest, prosecutors were asking for $20,000 bail. .”
But Wang turned down that request and gave Gilliard a supervised release until his next court date on Sept. 2, a DA spokesperson confirmed. Attorney information was not immediately available to Gilliard.
A police officer with two decades on the job rejected Wang’s decision, calling him “Judge Letemgo.”
“Do you really think he’s coming back to New York for his gun case?” said the agent.
Gilliard’s nephew, 24-year-old Harold Milton, was arraigned separately on Tuesday by another criminal judge, who set a bail of $3,500 or a $7,500 bail, the OM said.
That was still well below the $25,000 bail demanded by plaintiffs during the hearing before Judge Soma Syed.
A spokesperson for the Office of Court Administration said that while many factors play into a judge’s decision, under New York state law, “Bail is solely for the purpose of securing the return of the defendant to court. Nothing else.”
“Our criminal law reform laws are subject to pre-trial detention and give prosecutors limited discretion, even in violent crimes, while requiring them to consider both the least restrictive form of pre-trial detention and, if a monetary award is established – that it is within the limits of the defendant’s ability to comply,” Lucian Chalfen said in a statement.
Gilliard and Milton, who are also due to appear in court again on September 2, are each charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.