July 9, 2020
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller announce that two men have been sentenced in connection with the September 2019 death of Jaime Lopez-Basilio in Parsippany, NJ.
On June 3, 2020, Rogelio Laureano-Gonzalez, age 26, last known address Parsippany, New Jersey, entered guilty pleas to second degree Manslaughter and second degree Hindering Own Apprehension before Judge Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr. On July 9, 2020, Judge Taylor imposed a sentence of 5 years in New Jersey State Prison with 85% parole ineligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act.
Also on June 3, 2020, Cirilo Rojas-Paulino, age 25, last known address Parsippany, New Jersey entered a guilty plea to third degree Hindering Apprehension of Another before Judge Taylor. On July 9, 2020, Judge Taylor sentenced Rojas-Paulino to 291 days time-served in the Morris County Jail as a condition of 2 years probation.
The investigation arose from a September 9, 2019 report of a deceased male inside a home in the area of Old Bloomfield Road, Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey. Investigation confirmed that a deceased male’s body was located inside a residence in the area. The manner of death was determined to be Homicide. The deceased male was identified as Jaime Lopez-Basilio.
Two (2) residents of the home, Rogelio Laureano-Gonzalez and Cirilo Rojas-Paulino, could not be immediately located during the death investigation. Subsequent investigation by law enforcement led to the apprehension of both individuals in California.
Prosecutor Knapp said: “The collaborative efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and California brought these defendants to justice. We are very thankful to all involved for this successful prosecution and conviction.”
Prosecutor Knapp would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Oxnard (California) Police Department, the Kern County (California) Sheriff’s Office, the United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.
Prosecutor Knapp would also like to thank Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division, Intelligence Unit, High Tech Crime unit and Fugitive Unit
Any inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at 973-829-8159 or [email protected].