- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - State prosecutors say a southern New Jersey street gang member who admitted his role in a conspiracy to kill a fellow gang member has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Monaud Toussaint must serve 8 ½ years of the term imposed Monday before he becomes eligible for parole.

Authorities say the 29-year-old Little Egg Harbor resident is a member of the Nine Trey Gangsters set of the Bloods street gang. He had pleaded guilty last July to first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says Toussaint was part of plot that developed when a high-ranking gang member ordered the slaying of another member. The targeted member was accused of violating gang rules and trying to join another Bloods set.

Hoffman says the conspiracy was foiled after state police learned of the murder plot and, along with Atlantic City police officers, interrupted a meeting of gang members involved in the plot.

Toussaint was among 48 defendants indicted in June 2007 as a result of a joint investigation by the state police and the Division of Criminal Justice. Nearly all of those defendants have since pleaded guilty.

One of the gang leaders, Michael Smart, 31, of Irvington, was sentenced to 70 years in state prison, including 46 years of parole ineligibility. The other defendants received sentences of between five and 16 years in state prison.

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