A Trenton man who pistol-whipped and shot a carjacking victim, then dumped the stolen car in Moorestown with the victim trapped inside the trunk, will serve 30 years in prison, according to the Courier-Post.
Jeffrey Lynn Garrett Jr., 36, pleaded guilty last August to the carjacking, as well as two counts of bank robbery and other charges. Early the morning of Aug. 23, 2011, Garrett pulled a 61-year-old Trenton man out of his car and beat him with a handgun. During the beating, Garrett’s gun went off, striking the man in the head.
Garrett then bound the man, threw him in the trunk and drove to Hamilton, Mercer County, where authorities say he shot a teller in the abdomen during a robbery at a JPMorgan Chase Bank.
Garrett later abandoned the stolen car behind the Pep Boys on Route 38 in Moorestown. The victim escaped from the trunk by pushing in the rear seats, according to Moorestown Police, who responded to the scene after being flagged down by customers who found the man beside his car.
According to the Courier-Post, Garrett robbed the same Chase Bank in November 2010, brandishing a handgun during the robbery.
Both the carjacking victim and the bank teller survived.
The U.S. Marshals Service's New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force captured Garrett in October 2011. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison earlier this week.