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Two Charged with July 2015 Murder in Eatontown

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD, NJ – Police have charged two men in connection with a July, 2015 murder in Eatontown.    The arrests are the result of a joint investigation between the Eatontown Police Department and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office which begun on July 10, 2015 and continued over the course of almost a year and a half, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

On July 10, 2015, at approximately 12:13 a.m., Eatontown Police responded to the entrance of Country Club Apartments at the corner of Tilton Avenue and Country Club Road based upon shots being fired.  Upon response, police located the victim, Rasheem Palmer, 37, of Eatontown, who was located lying in the roadway on Country Club Road.  Police quickly determined that the victim had been shot and contacted emergency medical services, who arrived shortly thereafter.  The victim was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center; where, despite life-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead at 2:47 a.m.

As a result of this joint investigation, Frederick Reed, 20 of New Castle, Delaware and Perry Veney, 30 of Long Branch, New Jersey were charged with first degree Murder and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Veney was also charged with second degree Certain Persons not to have a Weapon.  

If convicted of first degree Murder, Reed and Veney face a minimum sentence of thirty years in State Prison during which time they would be ineligible for parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act (“NERA”).  NERA requires that a defendant serve 85% of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.  If convicted of second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, they face a maximum of ten years in State Prison, which is subject to a mandatory minimum of 1/3 of the sentence imposed or 3.5 years, whichever is greater, without parole.   Veney also faces a maximum sentence of ten years in State Prison if convicted of the Certain Persons not to have a Weapon charge, which is subject to a mandatory minimum of five years without parole.

Frederick Reed was taken into custody on December 28, 2016 in Delaware and is currently being held in a local correctional institution while he awaits extradition back to New Jersey.   Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Kathleen A. Sheedy set Reed’s bail at $1.1 million, cash only. 

Veney turned himself in to police on December 30, 2016 and is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.  Veney’s bail was set at 1.2 million, cash only, by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Meghan Doyle. 

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

 

Ocean County Man Found Guilty of 2013 Murder

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD, NJ – A Monmouth County jury has delivered a guilty verdict for a Toms River man who robbed and killed another Ocean County man in 2013 at the victim’s job site, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Alan Bienkowski , 57, was found guilty on all counts following a six-week trial before an all-female jury in the courtroom of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Ronald Lee Reisner.

Bienkowski was convicted of first degree counts of Murder, Felony Murder and Armed Robbery; second degree counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon; and third degree Receiving Stolen Property. The jury also found three aggravating factors for the charges that carry a mandatory sentence of Life Imprisonment with No Parole.  One of those aggravating factors was based on Bienkowski’s murder conviction obtained by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office earlier this year. Bienkowski is scheduled for sentencing on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

It was learned at trial the victim, Michael Wells, 56, of Point Pleasant, arrived just before 4 a.m. on April 10, 2013 at his workday at Dutch Prime Foods on West Avenue in Long Branch.  As Wells walked to the front door to open the business he was hit in the back of the head by Bienkowski, who robbed him of cash before fleeing the area on foot. Wells chased after Bienkowski and the pair eventually came face-to-face in the backyard of a private residence on Cleveland Avenue.  Bienkowski, armed with a stolen gun, shot and killed Wells in the backyard.  Wells was discovered around 7:50 a.m. by the resident of 215 Cleveland Avenue.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Branch Police Department resulted in Bienkowski’s arrest on May 16, 2013 on charges he killed Wells.

A year later, a man who had moved into the defendant’s former Manchester Township residence discovered a gun buried in the yard.  The gun was determined to be the murder weapon, and it was found to be stolen in 2010.

The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Jennifer Lipp and Matthew Bogner.

Bienkowski is represented by Robert Konzelmann, Esq., of Howell.

Ocean County Man Found Guilty of 2013 Murder

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD, NJ – A Monmouth County jury has delivered a guilty verdict for a Toms River man who robbed and killed another Ocean County man in 2013 at the victim’s job site, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Alan Bienkowski , 57, was found guilty on all counts following a six-week trial before an all-female jury in the courtroom of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Ronald Lee Reisner.

Bienkowski was convicted of first degree counts of Murder, Felony Murder and Armed Robbery; second degree counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon; and third degree Receiving Stolen Property. The jury also found three aggravating factors for the charges that carry a mandatory sentence of Life Imprisonment with No Parole.  One of those aggravating factors was based on Bienkowski’s murder conviction obtained by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office earlier this year. Bienkowski is scheduled for sentencing on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

It was learned at trial the victim, Michael Wells, 56, of Point Pleasant, arrived just before 4 a.m. on April 10, 2013 at his workday at Dutch Prime Foods on West Avenue in Long Branch.  As Wells walked to the front door to open the business he was hit in the back of the head by Bienkowski, who robbed him of cash before fleeing the area on foot. Wells chased after Bienkowski and the pair eventually came face-to-face in the backyard of a private residence on Cleveland Avenue.  Bienkowski, armed with a stolen gun, shot and killed Wells in the backyard.  Wells was discovered around 7:50 a.m. by the resident of 215 Cleveland Avenue.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Branch Police Department resulted in Bienkowski’s arrest on May 16, 2013 on charges he killed Wells.

A year later, a man who had moved into the defendant’s former Manchester Township residence discovered a gun buried in the yard.  The gun was determined to be the murder weapon, and it was found to be stolen in 2010.

The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Jennifer Lipp and Matthew Bogner.

Bienkowski is represented by Robert Konzelmann, Esq., of Howell.

Two Indicted for Murder of Woman Missing for Months

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD – A Monmouth County grand jury returned a nine count indictment on Monday charging two individuals in connection with the shooting and subsequent murder of Tyrita Julius, who had been missing for months, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

On Nov. 24, 2015, at approximately 7:16 p.m., the Linden Police Department (Union County) was called to 913 Middlesex Street in Linden in reference to the report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, police found 41-year-old Tyrita Julius shot several times in the driver’s seat of her vehicle, which was located a short distance from her residence.  At the time of the incident, Tyrita’s teenage daughter was seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle and was also the victim of a non-fatal gunshot wound. 

The investigation into the shooting was on-going when, on March 9, 2016, after not hearing from her daughter, Tyrita Julius’ mother, Queen Julius, called the Linden Police Department to report her daughter missing.  Ms. Julius told authorities that Tyrita had been spending time with a female friend in Tinton Falls on March 8th, but failed to return home later that evening. Linden Police were advised that calls and text messages to Tyrita Julius’ phone went unanswered.  Queen Julius also told police her daughter was reportedly dropped off at the Long Branch Train Station at approximately 7 p.m., by her friend Jennifer Sweeney, of Tinton Falls. 

Law enforcement authorities from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Linden Police Department contacted the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office about the investigation on the afternoon of March 11, 2016.  A joint investigation by detectives from those agencies, as well as the Long Branch, Tinton Falls and New Jersey Transit police departments, was conducted into the whereabouts of Tyrita Julius and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

Ultimately, as part of their investigative efforts, police searched a home located on Joline Avenue in Long Branch on August 16, 2016.  During the search, detectives ultimately discovered the body of Tyrita R. Julius, 41, who had been missing since March 8, 2016.

Based upon the investigation, Tyrita Julius’ friend, Jennifer Sweeney, 32, of Tinton Falls, and Andre Harris, 32, of Long Branch, the resident of the home on Joline Avenue, were charged in connection with the Murder of Tyrita Julius, which occurred on March 8, 2016 in Long Branch, as well as the initial shooting of Tyrita Julius in Linden on November 24, 2016. 

The nine count Indictment charges Sweeney and Harris with two counts of first degree Attempted Murder, one count of first degree Conspiracy (to commit the crime of Murder), one count of second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Firearm) and one count of Possession of a Weapon (Firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose in connection with the shooting of Tyrita Julius and her daughter in Linden.  The Indictment further charges Sweeney and Harris with one count of first degree Murder, one count of third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, one count of second degree Disturbing or Desecrating Human Remains, and one count of fourth degree Tampering with Physical Evidence in connection with the death of Tyrita Julius in Long Branch.

If convicted of first degree Attempted Murder or Conspiracy, the two face a maximum sentence of 20 years on each count, which would be subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act (“NERA”).  NERA requires that a defendant serve 85% of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.    If convicted of second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose and/or the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, they face a maximum of ten years in State Prison, which is subject to a mandatory minimum of 1/3 of the sentence imposed or 3.5 years, whichever is greater, without parole. 

If convicted of first degree Murder, Sweeney and Harris face a minimum sentence of thirty years in State Prison during which time they would be ineligible for parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to NERA.  The second degree Disturbing or Desecrating Human Remains charge carries a maximum term of 10 years in State Prison.  The third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose charge carries a maximum term of 5 years in State Prison while the fourth degree possession charge carries a maximum of 18 months in State Prison.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher J. Decker, Director of the Office’s Major Crimes Bureau.

Sweeney is represented by Edward C. Bertucio, Esq. of Hobbie Corrigan & Bertucio in Eatontown and Harris is represented by Jeffrey Coghlan, Esq. of Freehold.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

 

Two Indicted for Murder of Woman Missing for Months

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD – A Monmouth County grand jury returned a nine count indictment on Monday charging two individuals in connection with the shooting and subsequent murder of Tyrita Julius, who had been missing for months, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

On Nov. 24, 2015, at approximately 7:16 p.m., the Linden Police Department (Union County) was called to 913 Middlesex Street in Linden in reference to the report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, police found 41-year-old Tyrita Julius shot several times in the driver’s seat of her vehicle, which was located a short distance from her residence.  At the time of the incident, Tyrita’s teenage daughter was seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle and was also the victim of a non-fatal gunshot wound. 

The investigation into the shooting was on-going when, on March 9, 2016, after not hearing from her daughter, Tyrita Julius’ mother, Queen Julius, called the Linden Police Department to report her daughter missing.  Ms. Julius told authorities that Tyrita had been spending time with a female friend in Tinton Falls on March 8th, but failed to return home later that evening. Linden Police were advised that calls and text messages to Tyrita Julius’ phone went unanswered.  Queen Julius also told police her daughter was reportedly dropped off at the Long Branch Train Station at approximately 7 p.m., by her friend Jennifer Sweeney, of Tinton Falls. 

Law enforcement authorities from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Linden Police Department contacted the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office about the investigation on the afternoon of March 11, 2016.  A joint investigation by detectives from those agencies, as well as the Long Branch, Tinton Falls and New Jersey Transit police departments, was conducted into the whereabouts of Tyrita Julius and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.

Ultimately, as part of their investigative efforts, police searched a home located on Joline Avenue in Long Branch on August 16, 2016.  During the search, detectives ultimately discovered the body of Tyrita R. Julius, 41, who had been missing since March 8, 2016.

Based upon the investigation, Tyrita Julius’ friend, Jennifer Sweeney, 32, of Tinton Falls, and Andre Harris, 32, of Long Branch, the resident of the home on Joline Avenue, were charged in connection with the Murder of Tyrita Julius, which occurred on March 8, 2016 in Long Branch, as well as the initial shooting of Tyrita Julius in Linden on November 24, 2016. 

The nine count Indictment charges Sweeney and Harris with two counts of first degree Attempted Murder, one count of first degree Conspiracy (to commit the crime of Murder), one count of second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Firearm) and one count of Possession of a Weapon (Firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose in connection with the shooting of Tyrita Julius and her daughter in Linden.  The Indictment further charges Sweeney and Harris with one count of first degree Murder, one count of third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, one count of second degree Disturbing or Desecrating Human Remains, and one count of fourth degree Tampering with Physical Evidence in connection with the death of Tyrita Julius in Long Branch.

If convicted of first degree Attempted Murder or Conspiracy, the two face a maximum sentence of 20 years on each count, which would be subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act (“NERA”).  NERA requires that a defendant serve 85% of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.    If convicted of second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose and/or the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, they face a maximum of ten years in State Prison, which is subject to a mandatory minimum of 1/3 of the sentence imposed or 3.5 years, whichever is greater, without parole. 

If convicted of first degree Murder, Sweeney and Harris face a minimum sentence of thirty years in State Prison during which time they would be ineligible for parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to NERA.  The second degree Disturbing or Desecrating Human Remains charge carries a maximum term of 10 years in State Prison.  The third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose charge carries a maximum term of 5 years in State Prison while the fourth degree possession charge carries a maximum of 18 months in State Prison.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher J. Decker, Director of the Office’s Major Crimes Bureau.

Sweeney is represented by Edward C. Bertucio, Esq. of Hobbie Corrigan & Bertucio in Eatontown and Harris is represented by Jeffrey Coghlan, Esq. of Freehold.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

 

Asbury Park Man Sentenced in Murder of Ocean County Man

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD – An Asbury Park man was sentenced today for the murder and robbery of a Brick Township man in July 2013, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Today, the Honorable Ronald Lee Reisner, J.S.C. sentenced Jahmir Bouie to a term of 55 years New Jersey State Prison with a period of parole ineligibility of 85% pursuant to the No Early Release Act.  Bouie’s co-defendant, Spencer Young, was sentenced on September 9, 2016 to a term of 50 years New Jersey State Prison with a period of parole ineligibility of 85% of the sentence pursuant to the No Early Release Act. 

On October 19, 2016, Jahmir K. Bouie, 21, of Atlantic Avenue in Asbury Park, was found guilty of one count each of second degree Robbery, first degree Felony Murder, and first degree Murder for the murder of 36-year-old Thomas Sudano, Jr.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on July 27, 2013. That morning, around 12:26 a.m., Asbury Park Police Department was dispatched to the area of 1100 Atlantic Avenue for a report of an unconscious male lying in the street. Upon arrival, police found the man unconscious, in cardiac arrest and without any neurological responses. The victim was identified as Thomas J. Sudano, Jr., 36, of Brick Township.

During the trial, it was learned that Sudano took a taxi from Brick to Asbury Park to meet with Jahmir Bouie shortly before midnight in order to purchase narcotics. Jahmir Bouie and co-defendant Spencer Young met with Sudano at the McDonald’s on Route 35 in Neptune Township before Bouie and Young lured Sudano into a housing complex in Asbury Park with the intentions of robbing him.

At trial, a witness testified he observed both Bouie and Young with the victim around midnight. The witness testified that without provocation or warning, Bouie and Young assaulted Sudano, punching, stomping and kicking him. Sudano attempted to flee from his attackers but fell to the ground unconscious. As Sudano lay motionless, Bouie and Young continued their assault, kicking and punching Sudano about his head and body. They stole Sudano’s cellular phone and money before fleeing the area and leaving Sudano lying unconscious in the street.

Young was found in possession of Sudano’s cellphone in Asbury Park three days after the assault. Cellular telephone records revealed that the phone was in constant use by Young from 12:26 a.m. on July 27, 2013 until he was taken into custody by police on July 30, 2013.

The investigation revealed that Bouie was operating his girlfriend’s vehicle to transport the victim to the scene of the crime and using her cellular telephone to make arrangements with the victim prior to his murder.  Bouie was taken into custody on July 31, 2013. 

Sudano died on July 29, 2013, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune Township. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined his death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and neck and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Hoda Soliman and Lawrence Nelson.   Jahmir Bouie was represented by Robert J. Konzelmann, Esq. of Howell.

 

Asbury Park Man Sentenced in Murder of Ocean County Man

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD – An Asbury Park man was sentenced today for the murder and robbery of a Brick Township man in July 2013, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Today, the Honorable Ronald Lee Reisner, J.S.C. sentenced Jahmir Bouie to a term of 55 years New Jersey State Prison with a period of parole ineligibility of 85% pursuant to the No Early Release Act.  Bouie’s co-defendant, Spencer Young, was sentenced on September 9, 2016 to a term of 50 years New Jersey State Prison with a period of parole ineligibility of 85% of the sentence pursuant to the No Early Release Act. 

On October 19, 2016, Jahmir K. Bouie, 21, of Atlantic Avenue in Asbury Park, was found guilty of one count each of second degree Robbery, first degree Felony Murder, and first degree Murder for the murder of 36-year-old Thomas Sudano, Jr.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on July 27, 2013. That morning, around 12:26 a.m., Asbury Park Police Department was dispatched to the area of 1100 Atlantic Avenue for a report of an unconscious male lying in the street. Upon arrival, police found the man unconscious, in cardiac arrest and without any neurological responses. The victim was identified as Thomas J. Sudano, Jr., 36, of Brick Township.

During the trial, it was learned that Sudano took a taxi from Brick to Asbury Park to meet with Jahmir Bouie shortly before midnight in order to purchase narcotics. Jahmir Bouie and co-defendant Spencer Young met with Sudano at the McDonald’s on Route 35 in Neptune Township before Bouie and Young lured Sudano into a housing complex in Asbury Park with the intentions of robbing him.

At trial, a witness testified he observed both Bouie and Young with the victim around midnight. The witness testified that without provocation or warning, Bouie and Young assaulted Sudano, punching, stomping and kicking him. Sudano attempted to flee from his attackers but fell to the ground unconscious. As Sudano lay motionless, Bouie and Young continued their assault, kicking and punching Sudano about his head and body. They stole Sudano’s cellular phone and money before fleeing the area and leaving Sudano lying unconscious in the street.

Young was found in possession of Sudano’s cellphone in Asbury Park three days after the assault. Cellular telephone records revealed that the phone was in constant use by Young from 12:26 a.m. on July 27, 2013 until he was taken into custody by police on July 30, 2013.

The investigation revealed that Bouie was operating his girlfriend’s vehicle to transport the victim to the scene of the crime and using her cellular telephone to make arrangements with the victim prior to his murder.  Bouie was taken into custody on July 31, 2013. 

Sudano died on July 29, 2013, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune Township. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined his death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and neck and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Hoda Soliman and Lawrence Nelson.   Jahmir Bouie was represented by Robert J. Konzelmann, Esq. of Howell.

 

Neptune Woman Charged with Murder in Stabbing Death

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD, NJ – A Neptune Township woman is facing charges of first degree murder and a weapons offense after a 29-year-old man was stabbed to death Sunday night, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. 

Monique Moore, 24, was charged with first degree Murder as well as third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.  Moore’s bail was set at $1 million, with no option to post ten percent, by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

At approximately 11:02 p.m., on Sunday, November 27, 2016, Neptune Township Police received a series of 911 calls reporting a stabbing at an apartment within Building 1 of 1130 Heck Avenue. Neptune Police responded to the Heck Avenue location and upon arrival, at approximately 11:06 p.m., police located the victim, Joseph A. Wilson, 29, of Neptune, outside in the area of the apartment. 

Police immediately noted the grave nature of the victim’s injuries and began life-saving efforts, which were continued by Neptune Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel during transport to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  Despite these life-saving measures, the victim was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m., on Monday, November 28, 2016.

Neptune Township Police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office immediately launched a joint investigation into the incident.  Based upon the investigation, it was determined that the victim had been stabbed by 24 year old female, Monique Moore, a resident of 1130 Heck Avenue, during a dispute the couple were having inside her apartment. 

If convicted of Murder, Moore faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in a state prison during which time she would be ineligible for parole, and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to the “No Early Release Act,” and must serve 85% of any sentence imposed in excess of 30 years prior to becoming eligible for parole.  If convicted of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Moore faces three to five years imprisonment.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and State law. 

 

Neptune Woman Charged with Murder in Stabbing Death

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD, NJ – A Neptune Township woman is facing charges of first degree murder and a weapons offense after a 29-year-old man was stabbed to death Sunday night, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. 

Monique Moore, 24, was charged with first degree Murder as well as third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.  Moore’s bail was set at $1 million, with no option to post ten percent, by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

At approximately 11:02 p.m., on Sunday, November 27, 2016, Neptune Township Police received a series of 911 calls reporting a stabbing at an apartment within Building 1 of 1130 Heck Avenue. Neptune Police responded to the Heck Avenue location and upon arrival, at approximately 11:06 p.m., police located the victim, Joseph A. Wilson, 29, of Neptune, outside in the area of the apartment. 

Police immediately noted the grave nature of the victim’s injuries and began life-saving efforts, which were continued by Neptune Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel during transport to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  Despite these life-saving measures, the victim was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m., on Monday, November 28, 2016.

Neptune Township Police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office immediately launched a joint investigation into the incident.  Based upon the investigation, it was determined that the victim had been stabbed by 24 year old female, Monique Moore, a resident of 1130 Heck Avenue, during a dispute the couple were having inside her apartment. 

If convicted of Murder, Moore faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in a state prison during which time she would be ineligible for parole, and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to the “No Early Release Act,” and must serve 85% of any sentence imposed in excess of 30 years prior to becoming eligible for parole.  If convicted of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Moore faces three to five years imprisonment.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and State law. 

 

Jury Finds Asbury Park Man Guilty in Robbery Beating Death

mcpo shield 120FREEHOLD – An Asbury Park man was found guilty of the 2013 murder of an Ocean County man, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Jahmir K. Bouie, 21, of Atlantic Avenue in Asbury Park, was found guilty Wednesday of one count each of second degree Robbery, first degree Felony Murder, and first degree Murder for the murder of 36 year-old Thomas Sudano, Jr.

Bouie is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 2, 2016, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Reisner.   His co-defendant, Spencer Young, was sentenced on September 9, 2016, to a term of 50 years in a New Jersey state prison, subject to the provision of the “No Early Release Act” (NERA), requiring him to serve at least 85% of the sentence before he is eligible for parole. 

The charges stem from a July 27, 2013 incident. Early that morning, around 12:26 a.m., officers with the Asbury Park Police Department were dispatched to the area of 1100 Atlantic Avenue for a report of an unconscious male lying in the street. Upon arrival, police found the man in cardiac arrest and exhibiting no neurological responses. The victim was identified as Sudano, of Brick Township.

During the trial, it was learned that Sudano took a taxi from Brick to Asbury Park to meet with Bouie shortly before midnight in order to purchase illegal drugs. Bouie and co-defendant Spencer Young met with Sudano at the McDonald’s on Route 35 in Neptune Township, before the two men lured Sudano into a housing complex in Asbury Park with the intentions of robbing him.

At trial, a witness testified he observed both Bouie and Young with the victim around midnight. The witness testified that, without provocation or warning, Bouie and Young assaulted Sudano, punching, stomping and kicking him. Sudano attempted to flee from his attackers but fell to the ground unconscious. As Sudano lay motionless, Bouie and Young continued their assault, kicking and punching Sudano about his head and body. They stole Sudano’s cellular phone and money before fleeing the area and leaving Sudano lying unconscious in the street.

Young was found in possession of Sudano’s cellphone in Asbury Park three days after the assault. Cellular telephone records revealed the phone was in constant use by Young from 12:26 a.m. on July 27, 2013 until he was taken into custody by police on July 30, 2013.

The investigation also revealed that Bouie was operating his girlfriend’s vehicle to transport the victim to the scene of the crime and using her cellular telephone to make arrangements with the victim prior to his murder.  Bouie was taken into custody on July 31, 2013. 

Sudano died on July 29, 2013, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune Township. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined his death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and neck and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Hoda Soliman and Lawrence Nelson.   Bouie was represented by Robert J. Konzelmann, Esq. of Howell.