Defendant in NJ Attempted Murder Trial Faces Severe Penalties
An attempted murder trial recently convened in New Jersey. The male defendant, 26 years old, is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree attempted murder, two counts involving weapons possession (a knife and barbell) and third-degree theft. The man is charged with hitting an 18-year-old female in the head with a barbell and stabbing her 17 times. Prosecutors allege the defendant cut off up to 40 percent of the young woman’s trachea.
The defendant allegedly tried to kill the teen when he was asked to leave her family home. He allegedly stole a pipe and bong used for smoking marijuana. The defendant and young woman were previous dating partners.
He faces multiple criminal charges. If convicted of:
- First-degree attempted murder (NJSA 2C:5-4) the defendant faces up to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Second-degree attempted murder, the defendant faces a five to 15-year prison term.
- First or second-degree robbery (NJSA 2C:15-1)—In the state of New Jersey, robbery is typically a second-degree crime. It is a first-degree crime if the defendant attempts to kill, inflicts/attempts “serious bodily injury” or is armed with, uses, or threatens use to commit robbery with a deadly weapon. If convicted of a first-degree robbery offense, the defendant faces a 10 to 20-year state prison sentence. If convicted or a second-degree offense, the defendant faces a five to 10-year state prison sentence. A first or second-degree robbery conviction carries a presumption of imprisonment. Under the “No Early Release Act,” an offender is required to serve a minimum of 85 percent of the prison sentence imposed before consideration of parole is possible.
- Third-degree theft (NJSA 2C:20-3) involves the “exercise of control over” or “unlawful taking” of another person’s property when the property is valued at $500 to $75,000. If convicted, the offender faces a three to five-year prison term and a maximum fine of $15,000 (or double the victim’s financial loss, whichever is higher).
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