Jesse Namotka, 22, is accused of attempting to kidnap his cousin and trying to fire shots at police chasing him, but instead hitting his own backseat.

NEW BRUNSWICK — A 22-year-old man who attempted to kidnap his cousin and fire shots at police who were chasing him was sentenced Monday to up to eight years in state prison.

Jesse Namotka, who lived in Sylva, N.C., before his father brought him back to New Jersey several years ago, was sentenced on charges he took his cousin’s car while attempting to kidnap her and tried to fire a handgun at police vehicles chasing him Nov. 21, 2015, in Edison.

Namotka was initially charged with attempted murder, threatening to commit murder and carjacking, among other charges. He has since pleaded guilty to lesser charges of aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon.

He must serve at least 3.5 years before he is eligible for parole.

Namotka’s cousin, Jessica Namotka, asked Middlesex Superior Court Judge Colleen Flynn to impose a maximum sentence, saying she has had multiple surgeries for injuries sustained while jumping from the vehicle. She said she now suffers from seizures, memory loss and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Since the day this incident has happened, I’ve had many sleepless nights,” she said. “I’m constantly afraid and less truthful to people around me.”

During the attempted kidnapping, the 38-year-old Jessica Namotka of Allentown, Pa., leaped from the passenger-side door of the Jeep Cherokee as Namotka slowed for traffic on Route 1 and Wooding Avenue, police said. Namotka, 20 at the time, then collided into another vehicle stopped in traffic before speeding from the crash.

As police chased him, Namotka lost control of the Jeep almost five miles away along Amboy Avenue near Franklin Avenue. When Namotka surrendered to officers, authorities said they recovered drugs and two handguns — …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News

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