Men Sentenced in Connection with Parsippany-Troy Hills Homicide

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].

61-Year-Old Man Charged with Sexual Assault & Criminal Sexual Contact

July 4, 2020

 

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Morris Plains Police Department Chief Michael M. Koroski announce that Anthony Ligon, age 61, of Morristown, has been charged with Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2c(1), a crime of the second degree; and Criminal Sexual Contact in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3b, a crime of the fourth degree.

This defendant is alleged to have committed a sexual assault and an act of sexual contact on July 3, 2020 on a female resident, age 82, who resides at Arbor Terrace Senior Living Facility, located in Morris Plains, New Jersey.  The defendant was employed by Arbor Terrace at the time of the offense as a maintenance technician. The defendant has been charged by warrant-complaint and is currently lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit and the Morris Plains Police Department, whose efforts contributed to the investigation of the matter.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is encouraged to call the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the Morris Plains Police Department at 973-538-2284.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Updated Statement on the Ongoing Investigation of the Death of Amani Kildea

July 3, 2020

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker issue an updated statement on the discovery of a body in Lewis Morris Park in Morristown on June 28, 2020. The deceased has been identified as Amani Kildea, 20, of Washington Township.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has continued the ongoing investigation into the tragic death of Mr. Kildea since the office was first notified on June 28, 2020.

Prosecutor Knapp said “Contrary to the statements made in social media and elsewhere, the investigation remains open and has not concluded.  Our initial statement by this office was intended to preliminarily and expeditiously inform the public that we and multiple other law enforcement agencies, including the Morris County Park Police, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit and Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, have been working with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit to investigate the circumstances of Mr. Kildea’s death.”

“As of this time, no evidence of a criminal act has yet been found, however, our efforts to determine what occurred remain very active. We have followed and continue to follow all investigative leads and will go where the evidence takes us.”

“The publication of the Morris County Medical Examiner’s determination as to the manner of Mr. Kildea’s death was disclosed publicly to provide as much transparency on this investigation as possible. However, we cannot disclose all investigative steps we have taken or that we will be pursuing, so as not to compromise our investigation. The Morris County Medical Examiner is a medical doctor who does not work for the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.  Rather, the Office of the Medical Examiner is under the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety, which is totally independent of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. We are guided by the Medical Examiner’s findings, however, that does not mean that our investigation has concluded.”

“The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to the thorough, appropriate, professional and prompt investigation of any suspicious and/or unnatural deaths.  There will be no further comment on this investigation at this time out of respect for Mr. Kildea’s family.”

If anyone has any information they wish to provide concerning this matter, please call the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200. A formal statement will be issued when our investigation has concluded.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.