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.”

Charges Filed in Princeton NJ School Bus Crash

The driver of a vehicle involved in a serious school bus crash in Princeton NJ has been charged with multiple traffic violations.

According to authorities, the 26-year-old Morris Plains resident was driving a 2011 BMW 328i north on Route 26 when he rounded a curve and struck a school bus.

Police believe that the driver crossed a double-yellow line while rounding a curve on the highway just past Hutchinson Drive. The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and struck the left front bumper of the bus, which was traveling south on Route 26. The bus was reportedly heading to Ewing, New Jersey.

Authorities said that the collision caused the bus to flip on its side. Meanwhile, the BMW spun out of control before coming to a stop.

Four people were injured in the accident: the driver of the BMW and three people who were on the bus. One of the people injured was a 16-year-old student at Rock Brook School. Everyone who suffered injuries was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, where they received medical treatment. Thankfully, no one suffered life-threatening injuries.

Princeton police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the crash. It was eventually decided that the driver of the BMW should be charged with careless driving and failure to keep right.

At this time, police still do not know if excessive speeding played a factor in the accident.

For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “Charges Filed in School Bus Crash in Princeton.”

Hopewell Township NJ Police Investigate Report of White Powdery Substance at Mercer County Correction Center Mailroom

A white powdery substance was discovered at the Mercer County Correction Center in Lambertville NJ, setting off an emergency response from Hopewell Township police.

Sometime shortly after noon, a corrections officer at the facility opened a letter in the mailroom. According to authorities, the letter contained a white powdery substance.

As a result of the officer’s discovery, the facility’s mailroom was quickly shut down.

Additionally, the officer’s exposure to a possibly toxic substance sparked an immediate response from local police and emergency responders.

Among those responding to the scene were members of the Hopewell Township Police Department, the Lambertville Fire Department, the Union Fire Department, and Hopewell Valley Emergency Services.

The Trenton Hazardous Materials Response Unit also responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. Members of the unit quickly determined that the substance was heroin.

Thankfully, no one was injured as a result of the incident. The Mercer County Correction Center resumed normal operations within an hour of the substance being reported.

Authorities have not revealed if there are any suspects in the case.

For additional information, see the NJ.com article entitled “‘White Powdery Substance’ That Briefly Shut Down Mercer County Jail’s Mail Room was Heroin.”

Trenton NJ Police Investigate Knife Attack

Police in Trenton NJ are investigating a knife attack that left a man with a stab wound.

Trenton police received a report of a male who had been stabbed while walking on the 100 block of Rosemont Avenue. When police officers arrived at the scene, they found a 36-year-old victim who had suffered a knife wound to his upper back area.

The stabbing reportedly occurred late at night.

After officers got to the scene, they made sure that the victim was quickly transported to nearby Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The victim was admitted to the hospital for medical treatment. He was later listed in stable condition.

At this time, police have not identified a suspect or a motive for the stabbing.

If a suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, they could face serious criminal charges such as aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), a person who purposely causes bodily injury to another while using a deadly weapon may be charged with third degree aggravated assault. A conviction on this charge can result in a sentence of 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

The Trenton Police Department is currently looking into the attack. Anyone with information about the stabbing incident is asked to contact Trenton detectives at 609-989-3743.

For additional information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Trenton Man Stabbed in the Upper Back Late Friday Evening.”

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.”