A Cliffside Park man has been sentenced to a term of incarceration of 60 years in NJ State Prison for murdering and then violently dismembering a person in 2011.
According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect, and another man, brutally assaulted and murdered the victim.
The main suspect resided in Cliffside Park with the victim – they were reportedly a couple. The victim was said to be open about his sexuality, which reportedly made the suspect very angry. The Bergen County prosecutor in charge of the homicide case said that this was a domestic violence incident.
After brutally killing the victim, the suspects allegedly took their time dismembering the victim’s body, placing the victim’s dismembered body parts into garbage bags, and putting the garbage bags on the curb to be picked up the following morning.
The main suspect eventually stood trial in Bergen County Superior Court, which is located in Hackensack, NJ. At the conclusion of the trial, a jury convicted the suspect of first degree murder charges.
The suspect later worked out a deal with prosecutors to testify against the other suspect in the homicide. The suspect’s willingness to cooperate with authorities in the other case led to prosecutors recommending that he be sentenced to 60 years in New Jersey State Prison instead of getting a life sentence. Murder is covered under the No Early Release Act, so the suspect will have to serve a minimum of 85 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for release on parole.
It is still expected that the suspect will appeal his conviction because, he argues, the jury did not have an opportunity to consider lesser charges of manslaughter in the case.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Man Sentenced to 60 Years for Murder, Dismemberment.”