A suspect was taken into custody yesterday (Sunday, January 13, 2013) following an early morning domestic incident that led to the stabbing death of a 47-year old Montclair man.
Chief Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly indicated that the victim drove himself to Mountainside Hospital at approximately 4:45am and collapsed upon arrival from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead less than 2 hours later. No motive has yet been determined, but officers did reveal that there was a domestic incident which led to a struggle. For more information, see the Star Ledger article entitled, “Person detained following early morning stabbing death of Montclair man.”
It is clear from the information released to the public thus far that officials have characterized this stabbing death as a “domestic incident,” which means that there was likely a relationship between the suspect and the victim – familial, cohabitating, or otherwise.
Because the stabbing resulted in the death of the victim, it is also likely that the suspect will ultimately be charged with Homicide (Murder). Homicide is a crime of the first degree – the most serious under the New Jersey Criminal Code. Normally a crime of the first degree is punishable by a period of between 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. However, a person convicted of the crime of Homicide is subject to a sentence of 30 years to life, with a minimum of 30 years that must be served before the person is eligible for parole. There are also certain circumstances that mandate serving the sentence in a maximum security prison.
If you or a loved one have been charged with Homicide as a result of a domestic violence or other related criminal incident, the consequences can be life-altering. Contact the experienced defense team at The Tormey Law Firm, LLC now at (201) 556-1573. We are available anytime for a free initial consultation.