Parsippany Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Aggravated Manslaughter

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Honorable Stuart A. Minkowitz, P.J.Cr. sentenced Jiu Zian Zheng, 43 years old, formerly of Parsippany, New Jersey to 20 years in State Prison in connection with the death of his wife, Yun Fei Lin, 33 years old, on October 5, 2012 at Kazumi Sushi restaurant, located at 81 North Beverwyck Road in the Lake Hiawatha section of Parsippany.  The defendant also received a 5 year sentence for Attempted Aggravated Assault.

On October 2, 2013, defendant pleaded guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter, and Aggravated Assault with a Weapon in connection with an attempted assault on Ren Lin, the victim’s business partner.

The defendant was arrested on October 6, 2012 and charged with Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Bail was set at $1,000,000 cash by the Honorable Philip J. Maenza, J.S.C.  Defendant was unable to post bail and was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility. The Aggravated Assault charge was added to the Accusation, following a continued investigation.

Judge Minkowitz sentenced the defendant in accordance with the plea agreement, to a total of 20 years in New Jersey State Prison for the Aggravated Manslaughter.  He is required to serve 85 percent of his sentence under New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA) before becoming eligible for parole, for that Count.  As for the Third Degree Aggravated Assault, he was sentenced to five (5) years New Jersey State prison, concurrent to the Aggravated Manslaughter. 

Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Julie Serfess represented the State at the sentencing.

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Parsippany Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section, the Montville Township Police Department, the New Jersey State Police, the Glen Rock Police Department and the Assistant Prosecutors and Investigators from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit for the efforts resulting in today’s sentence.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

Lake Hopatcong Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that John A. Davieau,  55 years old, of Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey pleaded guilty today to Second Degree Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute greater than 1/2oz of heroin.                                                             

In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to conspiring with others to distribute in excess of 1900 individual folds (doses) of heroin between July 22, 2013 and August 6, 2013.

The multi-agency six-month long investigation that was initiated based upon criminal information received by the Hopatcong Police Department concluded in August, 2013 with the arrest of seven individuals for various heroin possession and distribution charges.  The investigation was spearheaded by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Special Enforcement Unit under the leadership of Captain Daniel DeGroot and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Bradford Seabury, with the assistance of several other law enforcement agencies.  In addition to the arrests, the investigation culminated in the execution of several search warrants, the seizure of 10 bricks of heroin (500 doses), 6 vehicles used by the defendants during the illegal activity and $23,000 in proceeds from drug sales.

Under the terms of the plea agreement to the Second Degree charge, the State will recommend that Davieau be sentenced to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.  Davieau also agreed to civil forfeiture in excess of $55,000 dollars and a 2008 Dodge Durango.

Supervising Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Bradford Seabury represented the State in the plea agreement.  

The Honorable Mary Gibbons Whipple, J.S.C. presided over the plea.  The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on February 28, 2014.

Acting Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp wishes to thank the Morris County Narcotics Task Force, the Hopatcong Borough, Roxbury Township, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Florham Park, Wharton and Morristown Police Departments, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office VIPER Bureau for their roles in the investigation and resolution of this matter.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Honors Military Veteran Staff Members

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces in recognition of Veteran’s Day and the men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has conducted a ceremony honoring the military veteran staff members of the office.  These men and women have served our country with great distinction in time of both conflict and peace.

The following staff members were honored:

Sergeant V. Harrison Dillard, United States Army
Detective Michael Gomez, United States Army
Assistant Prosecutor Julian Hill, United States Army
Director Alphonse Imperiale, United States Army
Detective Supervisor Edward Jones, United States Air Force
Sergeant Robert McDermott, United States Coast Guard
Lieutenant Robert McNally, United States Marine Corps
Detective Edward Mitreuter, United States Marine Corps
Chief of Staff Daniel Pfeiffer, United States Army
Detective Janet Thai, United States Marine Corps
Detective Supervisor Christopher Vanadia, United States Army

In recognition of all veterans, Acting Prosecutor Knapp stated: “We owe a significant debt of gratitude to all men and women who have sacrificed to serve in the military.  Each and every one of our veterans has put their lives in jeopardy to protect us and our families.  At this time we recognize all of our colleagues in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for their service to our country as part of our Veteran’s Day observance.  A perpetual commemorative plaque has been donated by Chief of Staff Daniel Pfeiffer which will serve to commemorate this day and recognize all of our Morris County Prosecutor’s Office military veterans.”