Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Joseph Cassini, III, J.S.C., sentenced Rolando Terrell, 40, of Newark to 300 years in New Jersey state prison for the 2008 murders of Candes McLean, 40; her daughter, Talia McLean, 18; her niece, Zakiyyah Jones, 18; and her boyfriend’s daughter, Latrisha Curruthers-Fields, 13, all of Irvington.
On Sept. 8, 2008 Terrell went to Candes McLean’s Columbia Avenue home in Irvington to rob her, believing she had drugs or money in the house. He knew there were no adult men in the home because McLean’s boyfriend was in prison.
Terrell used a 9 mm handgun to kill the victims and then set the house on fire, according to Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Roger Imhof who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Naazneen Khan.
Anijah McLean, Candes McLean’s then 19-year-old daughter, survived the ordeal by hiding in a closet. She saved her 16-month-old nephew by grabbing him and running from the burning house.