A 24-year-old Trenton man recently pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter committed recklessly, in which a 24-year-old father of six suffered multiple gunshot wounds that proved fatal, according to Trenton Homicide Watch.
Pleading Guilty to New Jersey Manslaughter Charges
The man who pled guilty had been previously tried three separate times on charges of murder. Two trials ended in hung juries. The third, in early 2018, ended in a partial verdict that found the man guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm without a permit, but that could not agree on any of the other counts in the indictment.Under the terms of the man’s plea deal, he is expected to be sentenced to six years of imprisonment, with the time he spent in jail during the trial process counting towards that six years. According to Trenton Homicide Watch, prosecutors plan to ask the judge to require the man to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he can become eligible for parole. Once he is eligible for and receives parole, the plea deal requires him to serve three years on parole.In addition to the terms of the plea deal, the judge could sentence the man to another 5-10 years in prison for the jury’s verdict finding him guilty of unlawfully possessing a firearm. His sentencing is currently scheduled for May 4.Firearms charges often add to both the list of charges faced by New Jersey defendants and the potential sentence they receive if convicted. Many New Jersey firearms charges are felonies, which carry potential prison sentences plus long-term consequences for a convicted person’s job, home life, and reputation.The wide range of potential criminal charges and the options available for sentencing make many criminal cases far more complex than they appear at first glance. Working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you ensure that your rights are protected and that you can achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
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