Man Gets 15 Years for Aggravated Manslaughter in Trenton, NJ

A Burlington NJ man was recently sentenced to serve 15 years in New Jersey State Prison for killing a man.

The 22-year-old defendant shot the 20-year-old victim to death in 2011. The incident took place in Trenton, New Jersey.

Police said that the defendant shot the victim while the victim sat in a car near the intersection of Hart Avenue and Hurley Street in Trenton. After the shooting, the victim was taken to nearby Capital Health Regional Medical Center; he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The homicide reportedly stemmed from an argument between the defendant and the victim. According to authorities, the argument occurred one day before the shooting.

The defendant was arrested and charged with murder. He later pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter charges.

During the sentencing hearing, the defendant apologized to the victim’s family. Several members of the victim’s family were present in the courtroom when the defendant told them that he understands the pain they are going through.

Part of the plea deal also calls for the defendant to receive mental health treatment while he is incarcerated. The defendant has reportedly been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. The judge acknowledged the defendant’s mental state during sentencing; he observed that the defendant stopped taking much-needed medication sometime after childhood.

Remarkably, while the victim was awaiting trial, he reportedly assaulted a fellow inmate at the Mercer County Jail. As a result, the defendant has also been sentenced to 5 years in prison for aggravated assault. However, the sentence will run concurrently with his 15-year sentence for the aggravated manslaughter conviction.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Burlington Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for 2011 Trenton Slaying.”

Teen Suspect Arrested, Charged with Murder in Connection with Stabbing Death

Police in Trenton NJ arrested a teenage suspect in the stabbing death of a local resident.

Trenton police received a report of a fight outside Chapala Bar, which is located at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Anderson Street. When police officers arrived at the scene, they found a 21-year-old Trenton man suffering from a stab wound to his chest.

The victim was quickly transported to nearby Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Unfortunately, it was too late for him; he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Not long after police officers got to the scene, they placed an 18-year-old suspect under arrest.

At this time, no motive for the stabbing is known. However, the Trenton Police Department is actively investigating the incident.

According to a spokeswoman for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect in the case has been charged with homicide, as well as weapons offenses.

If the suspect is convicted of the most serious charges, he could end up spending the rest of his life behind bars. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is classified as a first degree felony. However, unlike other first degree crimes in the New Jersey Criminal Code, murder is punishable by 30 years to life in state prison.

It is not yet known if bail has been set for the suspect.

For additional information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Trenton Man in Custody After Overnight Stabbing Death Outside City Bar.”

Off-Duty Cop Catches Suspect in Trenton Shooting

An off-duty police officer arrested a Trenton man wanted on attempted murder charges.

The 19-year-old suspect is accused of shooting a man six times outside a liquor store in Trenton. According to witnesses at the scene, the suspect verbally accosted the 38-year-old victim when the victim walked inside the liquor store. When the victim exited the store, the suspect allegedly drew a handgun and shot him in the thigh, the foot, and the ankle.

Just a few days later, the suspect was apprehended by an off-duty police officer. The off-duty cop was working as a security guard at a deli on 2 Sanhican Drive when he spotted the suspect. According to authorities, the security guard recognized the suspect as soon as he entered the store.

The suspect was placed under arrest without incident and charged with attempted murder. He also faces weapons offenses, including possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Attempted murder is classified as a first degree felony in New Jersey. This means that the suspect could be sentenced to 10–20 years in NJ State Prison if he is convicted.

After being arrested and booked, the suspect was transported to Mercer County Jail in Hopewell Township. He is being held there on $500,000 bail.

For additional information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Man Wanted on Attempted Murder Charges Arrested by Off-Duty Cop Working Deli Security.”

Judge Dismisses Murder Charge against Bensalem Man in Failed Suicide Pact Case

The case against a Bensalem PA man accused of murder in a suicide pact was dismissed by a Bucks County judge.

The 30-year-old suspect allegedly killed his 59-year-old mother when he sealed the windows and vents in the home they shared and turned on an electrical generator. The apartment soon filled with deadly carbon monoxide, killing the mother and leaving the son unconscious.

The suspect’s defense attorney argued in court that the suspect showed no malice in his actions. Instead, defense counsel said, the suspect cared a great deal for his mother and had only killed her as part of an intended double suicide. According to the suspect’s attorney, both the mother and son were under severe financial, medical, and emotional stress when they decided to take their own lives.

The judge agreed with defense counsel and dismissed the most serious charge of Criminal Homicide. However, the suspect still faces several other charges, including Aiding in a Suicide, Risking a Catastrophe, and Reckless Endangerment of Another Person.

Although it is rare for the survivor of a suicide pact to be charged with murder, prosecutors are going forward with the case. Even with the most serious charge having been dismissed, the suspect still faces significant penalties. If he is convicted of Aiding in a Suicide, he could be sentenced to 1 year in jail.

However, defense counsel and prosecutors are reportedly working on a plea deal. The suspect’s defense attorney is hopeful that a plea agreement will be reached before the case is scheduled to go to trial on October 6.

For additional information, see the Philly.com article entitled “Bucks Judge Tosses Murder Charge in Suicide Plot.”