Randolph Man Pleads Guilty to First Degree Felony Murder, Robbery and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Brendon Matos, 28 years old of Randolph Township, New Jersey pleaded guilty today to First Degree Felony Murder in connection with the shooting death and robbery of his father. He also pleaded guilty to First Degree Robbery and Second Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. All of the defendant’s actions occurred on July 5, 2011.

In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to shooting his father 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.

Under the terms of the plea agreement the State will recommend that the defendant be sentenced to 40 years in State Prison pursuant to the No Early Release Act. This will require that Matos serve 85% of his sentence prior to parole consideration.

                                                    

Senior Trial Counsel/SDAG John McNamara, Jr. and Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Anthony Scibetta represented the State in the plea agreement.  

The Honorable Mary Gibbons Whipple, J.S.C. presided over the plea. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the Morris County Correctional Facility pending sentencing, which is scheduled for April 25, 2014 before Judge Whipple. 

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 Human Services Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit who participated in the investigation of this matter.

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

Parsippany Hills High Teacher Indicted on Endangering, Sexual Assault, Official Misconduct, and Criminal Sexual Contact Charges for Actions with a Student

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps announce that Jenna Leahey, 32 years old, formerly of Morristown, New Jersey, was indicted today after an investigation revealed that she allegedly became involved in a sexual relationship with a 16 year old student.

Defendant was a teacher at Parsippany Hills High School. The inappropriate nature of the relationship started while the victim was a student at the school.

                          

Defendant was indicted on two counts of Second Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child; one count of Second Degree Sexual Assault; one count of Second Degree Official Misconduct; and three counts of Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Contact

The State is represented by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Meg Rodriguez.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact Detective Bruce LaFera of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200 or Detective Keith Duffy of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-263-4300.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Parsippany-Troy HillsPolice Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment 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].

Dover Man Charged With Aggravated Manslaughter, Death By Auto, and Knowingly Leaving the Scene

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Colonel Joseph (Rick) Fuentes of the New Jersey State Police, and Rockaway Township Police Chief Walt Ardin, Jr. announce that Edward G. Koloski, 26 years old, of Dover, New Jersey, has been charged with First Degree Aggravated Manslaughter, Second Degree Death by Auto and Second Degree Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death.

At approximately 11:59 pm, on the night of Sunday, February 23, 2014, multiple emergency calls were made reporting a motor vehicle hit and run in the area of the ShopRite shopping center located on Route 46 in Rockaway Township, New Jersey.  Responding police units located a male with apparent injuries consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle.  The male was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time.

Shortly thereafter, Troopers with the New Jersey State Police responded to the area of Route 80 Eastbound regarding the report of a disabled vehicle. The Troopers made contact with the sole occupant of the vehicle.  The vehicle had extensive front end damage.  The Troopers detected the odor of alcoholic beverages on the person, and also observed that the person was exhibiting signs of being under the influence. The occupant was removed from his vehicle and placed under arrest.

After an investigation, the defendant, Edward Koloski, was charged by way of Warrant-Complaint with Aggravated Manslaughter, a crime of the first degree in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-4a, Death by Auto, a crime of the second degree in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5a, and Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Death, a crime of the second degree in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5.1.

The Honorable James M. DeMarzo, J.S.C. set bail in the amount of $350,000 cash, bond or property, with additional conditions set by the Court.

Anyone with information relating to these charges or the accident itself is urged to contact the Rockaway Township Police Department at 973-625-4000, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers at 973-267-2255.

Acting Prosecutor Fredric Knapp would like to thank the New Jersey State Police, the Rockaway Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit whose efforts contributed to this arrest.

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

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