Michael Goodson Jr. and Garant Evans Indicted on Weapons Charges

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp  announces that Michael Goodson Jr.,  26 years old of Spring, Texas and Garant Evans, 32 years of Roselle, New Jersey were indicted today after an investigation revealed that they allegedly possessed firearms and illegal ammunition.   Evans was also indicted for being in possession of a firearm in violation of a state statute prohibiting certain individuals convicted of crimes from possessing a firearm.

On May 17, 2013 at 3:15 a.m., New Jersey State Police responded to a vehicle that was stopped in the center lane of Interstate 80 West in the Township of Denville.  Defendant Evans was the driver and defendant Goodson was the front seat passenger. The ensuing investigation recovered a loaded Taurus .45 caliber handgun from the glove box.  One of the rounds of ammunition in the handgun was a hollow point bullet.                               

Defendants Goodson and Evans were indicted on charges of Second Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Fourth Degree Prohibited Weapons and Devices.  Evans was also indicted on charges of Second Degree Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons.

The State is represented by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Peter Foy.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the New Jersey State Police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office General Investigations Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered 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].

New York Man Sentenced to 3 Years in State Prison for Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the sentencing of Scott R. Sudds, age 26, of Greenville, New York. Mr. Sudds had pled guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime of the third degree, and was sentenced to a term of three years New Jersey State Prison, subject to Parole Supervision for Life and Megan’s Law. Mr. Sudds is to have no contact with the victim in this case pursuant to a Nicole’s Law Restraining Order and is also required to pay restitution in the amount of $283.55 and $1705.00 in mandatory fines and penalties.

The investigation began in July of 2012, when law enforcement officers from the Lincoln Park Police Department learned that the defendant had contacted the alleged victim, a 15 year-old child, electronically and telephonically for sexually explicit purposes. The investigation resulted in a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes Unit communicating directly with the defendant in an undercover capacity.

On September 6, 2012, the defendant was arrested in Lincoln Park, New Jersey after he attempted to meet with a 15 year old child to have sexual relations. At the time of the arrest, the defendant was found to possess a computer, digital camera, handcuffs, two rifles, and ammunition.

Supervising Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Meg Rodriguez represented the State at the sentencing.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks Police Chief Mark West and the Lincoln Park Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment 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]

Authorities Seek Information in the Investigation of the Death of Kim DeOliveira Caused by a Fire in East Hanover

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and East Hanover Township Police Chief Stanley J. Hansen are requesting that anyone with information regarding the movements of Kim DeOliveira, age 53, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. on October 27, 2013 until the early morning hours of October 28, 2013 be shared with the team of investigators working to determine the circumstances surrounding her death.  The body of Kim DeOliveira, 53 years old, of East Hanover, New Jersey was discovered on October 28, 2013. She died as a result of fire-related injuries.  The fire occurred at a backyard structure of a home on Phyldan Road in East Hanover. Autopsy results are still pending.

The investigation has revealed that she had done some shopping at the Marshall’s Department Store located off of Route 10 in East Hanover, New Jersey, where she safely left at approximately 1:30 p.m. on October 27, 2013. The investigation is attempting to determine where she may have been before she arrived at the store and where she may have gone after she left the area of the department store.

Prosecutor Knapp stated, “We are in the process of conducting interviews and performing forensic analysis of the evidence that we have collected.  The investigation is ongoing and we are making progress to determine what happened to Ms. DeOliveira.”

Chief Hansen stated, “We ask that any person who knew Kim DeOliveira, or who may have any information about her movements to contact the police to help our investigation.”

The on-going investigation regarding the circumstances of the fire and the death is being conducted by the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office with the East Hanover Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section, and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Please contact the East Hanover Township Police Department at 973-887-0432 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 if you have any relevant information.

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