Three men and two women have plead guilty to the November 2016 robbery-turned-murder of Amber Dudley, a Lyft rideshare passenger. Ronderrick Manuel, Dominque Richter, Andrew Alston, Douglas Mathis, and Kasey DeZolt all opted to plead guilty instead of heading to trial. All but Richter received prison sentences.
On the evening of November 30, 2016, a Lyft rideshare vehicle stopped in the area of Mechanics and East Trenton. Manuel approached the car and attempted to rob a male passenger at gunpoint. During the exchange Manuel’s weapon discharged, hitting Amber Dudley in the chest. She later died of her injuries. Police investigated the crime and determined that 5 people were involved in the robbery scheme gone wrong, and all 5 were arrested for murder.
The lone gunman was Rodderick Manuel, a Trenton resident with a criminal history. He pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter, and will spend 30 years in prison. The purported mastermind of the scheme Kasey DeZolt pleaded guilty to first-degree accomplice liability robbery. The prison time for this crime is usually between 10 and 20 years, but the state prosecutor’s sentenced DeZolt under the second-degree guide. Subject to New Jersey’s No Early Release Act, she will be required to serve at least 85% of her 8 year sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Andrew Alston, another Trenton resident, was sentenced to a 16 year prison term for his role in the robbery. He plead guilty to one count of first-degree aiding and abetting robbery. Douglas Mathis pleaded to one count of second-degree of the same crime. The judge sentenced him to 7 years behind bars. The final person implicated, Dominique Richter, received the lightest punishment. She plead guilty to third-degree conspiracy to commit theft. The judge sentenced her to 5 years of non-custodial probation.
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