Randolph Man Sentenced to 40 Years for First Degree Felony Murder

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Honorable Mary Gibbons Whipple, J.S.C. sentenced Brendon Matos, 28 years old, of Randolph, New Jersey to 40 years in State Prison in connection with the shooting death and robbery of his father.

On February 25, 2014, defendant pled guilty to First Degree Felony Murder, First Degree Robbery and Second Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. 

The defendant admitted to shooting his father on July 5, 2011 in the course of robbing him of money at their Randolph residence. Defendant admitted that he used his father’s firearm in commission of these crimes. Defendant also admitted that he did not have a firearm permit and knew that due to a prior felony conviction in the State of Florida, he was not permitted to possess a weapon.

Judge Whipple sentenced defendant to 40 years in State Prison.  He is required to serve 85 percent of his sentence under New Jersey’s No Early Release Act (NERA) before becoming eligible for parole. 

Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Anthony Scibetta and Senior Trial Counsel/SDAG John McNamara, Jr. represented the State at the sentencing.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp stated: “Today’s sentence reflects the horrific nature of this crime.  We hope that the victim’s family will gain some degree of solace now that this case is over.”

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe and the Randolph Township Police Department, Sheriff Edward Rochford and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Chief David Doyle and the Morris County Park Police, Lieutenant Brian Bird and the Department of Human Services Police, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit for their 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].

Police Continue Search for Murderer of Diner Owner

On Saturday, May 28, 2011, Chafic “Steve” Ezzeddine was found murdered inside his place of business, the Kenvil Diner, located on Route 46 in the Kenvil section of Roxbury Township, New Jersey.  As the three year anniversary of the murder approaches, the crime remains unsolved but the investigation continues to be active.  The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Roxbury Township Police Department continue to pursue leads in the investigation.
There is currently a $25,000 reward from multiple sources being coordinated through Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for the murder of Mr. Ezzeddine.  The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is not involved in any aspect of the reward being offered.
Law enforcement asks that anyone with information in regards to this investigation please contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200, the Roxbury Police Department at 973-448-2090, or Crimestoppers at 973-COP-CALL, www.morriscrimestoppers.org or www.morrisprosecutor.org. Persons reporting information may remain anonymous.

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

 

Police Continue Search for Murderer of Diner Owner
 
 
 
 
Police Continue Search for Murderer of Diner Owner

Police Continue Search for Murderer of Diner Owner
 

Human Services Police Officer Indicted on Official Misconduct and Aggravated Assault Charges

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Jamal Hogan, 41 years old, of East Orange, New Jersey, was indicted today after an investigation revealed that he allegedly used excessive force upon a patient at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital.  On March 6, 2013, Hogan, at the time of the alleged actions, was a Sergeant with the Department of Human Services Police.

Investigation revealed that while responding to an incident in his official capacity as a police officer, defendant allegedly used excessive force with his officially-issued ASP/Baton upon a patient at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. It is also alleged that the defendant took affirmative steps to hinder the investigation into his unlawful use of force.

Defendant was indicted on two counts of Second Degree Official Misconduct; Second Degree Aggravated Assault; Third Degree Aggravated Assault; Fourth Degree Aggravated Assault; Second Degree Hindering Own Apprehension; Third Degree Hindering Own Apprehension; and Third Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

The State is represented by Senior Trial Counsel/SDAG John McNamara, Jr.

The defendant was released on his own recognizance.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit at 973-285-6200.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Internal Affairs Unit of the Department of Human Services Police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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