FREEHOLD, NJ — A Monmouth County grand jury has returned a six-count indictment accusing a Hightstown man of fatally shooting a woman while both were driving on Route 33 in Freehold in May, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Kader Mustafa, 34, of Hightstown has been indicted on charges of 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.
The charges stem from the fatal shooting of 24-year old Sciasia Calhoun, of Freehold Borough, as she drove westbound along Route 33 at the exit ramp for Halls Mill Road in Freehold Township on May 3, the prosecutor’s office said.
On that day, Freehold Township police responded to a 911 call at 11:44 p.m. reporting a woman who was shot inside a 1997 Mazda Protege while driving along Route 33. The investigation revealed that Mustafa fired at Calhoun’s vehicle while operating a 2004 Chevrolet Impala.
Also in Calhoun's vehicle were her boyfriend and their 1-year old child — both of whom did not sustain any physical injuries. She was transported to CentraState Medical Center, where she died at about 12:46 a.m. on May 4.
About seven hours later, Mustafa was apprehended while inside his vehicle in the Oakland Mills Road area of Manalapan, following a multiagency investigation.
If convicted of murder, Mustafa faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in state prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The sentence comes with a 30-year period of parole ineligibility and requires 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 10 years in prison, with a period of up to 42 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.
Mustafa will remain behind bars at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold, until his trial.
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 federal and state law.
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