A Newark New Jersey man has pleaded guilty in connection with the stabbing death of a West Orange woman during an armed robbery.
According to prosecutors, the fatal robbery occurred at a West Orange NJ house in September 2013. The victim, a 57-year-old grandmother, was brutally stabbed during the robbery-gone-wrong.
The suspects allegedly broke into a house located on Chestnut Street in West Orange, New Jersey. Once they were inside the residence, the suspects reportedly confronted the victim. The female suspect allegedly handed a knife to the male suspect, who then got into a physical struggle with the victim. The struggle ended when the male suspect allegedly stabbed the victim in the neck.
According to authorities, the victim’s 20-month-old granddaughter was fast asleep in another room of the home while the murder occurred.
West Orange police later discovered the victim’s body after the West Orange Police Department received a phone call from a family member of the victim.
Both suspects were eventually identified and placed under arrest.
Now both suspects have pleaded guilty in the case. The male suspect, who is from Newark, recently accepted a plea deal that calls for him to plead guilty to aggravated manslaughter charges. In exchange for his guilty plea, the suspect is set to be sentenced to 22 years in NJ State Prison. He will not be eligible for release on parole for at least 19 years.
The suspect’s co-defendant in the case, a 23-year-old West Orange woman, also pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter charges. In exchange for her guilty plea, the co-defendant will probably be sentenced to 22 years in NJ Prison. She too will not be eligible for parole until she serves a minimum of 19 years behind bars.
Both suspects are scheduled to appear in Essex County Superior Court in July for formal sentencing in the case.
To learn more about this case, read NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Admits Role in Stabbing Death of West Orange Grandmother.”