PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Union County grand jury has returned a four-count indictment against the person charged in connection with the shooting death of former South Plainfield High School student Manuel Berrios, one of two victims shot in the incident in Plainfield last December, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.
Isaiah Mayo-Givens, 23, has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and two related weapons offenses.
At approximately 9:40 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, Berrios, 18, and a second male, then 26, were struck by gunfire on the 600 block of East Third Street in Plainfield, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Jillian Reyes, who is prosecuting the case. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for emergency surgery. Berrios did not survive.
An investigation involving the Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Task Force, Plainfield Police Division, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit resulted in Mayo-Givens being identified as a suspect in the case. He was arrested without incident in early June at a residence in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick (Middlesex County) and subsequently lodged in Union County Jail.
Anyone with information pertaining to this matter is still being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Det. Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256.
Convictions on charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of 30 years to life in state prison.