By Travis Tormey posted in Theft Offenses on Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A woman from Garfield, New Jersey who is facing charges for first-degree armed robbery as well as conspiracy to commit armed robbery, was recently offered a plea agreement from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office that would subject her to a sentence of 7 years to be served in New Jersey State Prison.
According to Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Nicole Eiszner, 23-year-old Garfield resident Ashley I. Lozano is responsible for orchestrating and participating in the robbery of a friend of hers at a residence in East Rutherford last October. Lozano allegedly committed the robbery with 22-year-old Paterson resident Addis Aka to obtain money for drugs. A third man who officials believe also participated has yet to be identified.
Both Lozano and Aka were previously arrested on heroin-related charges. Lozano was charged with heroin possession and there was an active warrant for her arrest issued by the Newark Police Department. Aka, on the other hand, faced prior charges for heroin distribution as well as weapons offenses.
Each of the two defendants has been charged with first-degree robbery, stemming from the fact that they allegedly threatened the victim with a gun during the crime. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, which governs robbery offenses, if the actor “is armed with, uses, or threatens the immediate use of a deadly weapon,” this is classified as a crime of the first degree. First degree offenses are punishable by a term of imprisonment ranging from 10 to 20 years, according to the New Jersey Criminal Code.
If Lozano ultimately accepts to prosecution’s offer in exchange for a guilty plea, she would be required to serve approximately 6 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole, as robbery is one of the crimes enumerated under the No Early Release Act (NERA). With this in mind, the prosecution’s offer of 7 years is a reasonably reduced sentence and would allow Lozano to avoid taking her case to trial and risking a conviction.
On Monday, April 7th, Lozano entered a plea of “not guilty” in Bergen County Superior Court. She will need to coordinate with her defense attorney in order to determine whether or not she will proceed to trial or accept the plea agreement in exchange for a reduced sentence. She is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail, with her bail set at $20,000, pending her next court appearance, which is scheduled for May 15th.
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By Travis Tormey posted in Assault and Threat Crimes on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
In a pending murder trial, a Washington Township teenager accused of fatally stabbing his older sister will be tried as an adult in Bergen County Superior Court.
According to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, 17-year-old Washington Township resident Travis Gallo is facing charges for homicide and weapons possession offenses for allegedly killing his 20-year-old sister Teia Gallo. The incident occurred at their Pershing Avenue residence on December 26, 2013 after a domestic dispute. Investigators identified a kitchen knife as the murder weapon.
Now that Gallo is to be tried as an adult as opposed to a juvenile, he is facing significantly harsher penalties if ultimately convicted. Under New Jersey law, juvenile and adult cases are subject to very different standards in criminal court. In this case and other cases involving serious charges such as aggravated assault, robbery, carjacking, or kidnapping, the prosecution may choose to recommend that the defendant be tried in adult court. A judge then makes the ultimate determination as to the venue for the trial.
As for Gallo, a conviction for homicide in adult court could mean he is subject to a life-long term of imprisonment. According to N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder offenses are punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 30 years to life in New Jersey State Prison. Although homicide is classified as a crime of the first degree, it entails more serious penalties than typical first degree offenses. Whereas first degree crimes are generally punishable by a prison sentence between 10 and 20 years, defendants convicted of homicide must serve a minimum of 30 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.
Clearly, the court’s decision in this case spells significant implications for Travis Gallo, as his fate hangs in the balance. He is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail, with his bail set at $2 million.
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By Travis Tormey posted in Theft Offenses on Tuesday, April 1, 2014
A woman from Teaneck, New Jersey was recently indicted in Bergen County on charges including first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and aggravated assault, for allegedly conspiring to lure a man with sex in order to rob him.
22-year-old Teaneck resident Latice Wilson is accused of agreeing to have sex with a 59-year-old man from Englewood, New Jersey in exchange for $60 in an incident that occurred in Teaneck. Wilson allegedly took the man behind a building located near Teaneck Road where her underage boyfriend assaulted and robbed him.
Per police reports, the victim sustained injuries including a broken jaw, a dislocated arm, and loose teeth. Latice’s 17-year-old boyfriend allegedly caused these injuries, attacking the victim while wearing a ski mask and subsequently stealing $150 in cash as well as a number of the man’s credit cards.
Following the incident, the victim was treated at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck and police took both Wilson and her boyfriend, whose identity remains undisclosed due to his status as a juvenile, into custody.
Wilson is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail, with her bail set at $150,000, which represents a significant reduction from the original amount of $350,000.
Of the charges she is facing, those for first-degree robbery qualify as the most serious in terms of the potential penalties associated with a conviction. Robbery offenses, which are governed N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, can be classified as first or second degree crimes. Since Wilson has been charged with a first degree offense, which is considered the most serious type of crime under the New Jersey Criminal Code, she will be subject to a significant term of incarceration if she is ultimately convicted.
First degree offenses are punishable by a sentence ranging from 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. In addition, robbery crimes are among those enumerated under the “No Early Release Act,” which requires those convicted of such offenses to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.
Clearly, with such serious potential punishments and Wilson’s 2-year-old child in mind, she will have many factors to consider when determining how to proceed with her case. Overall, obtaining the best possible defense attorney to serve on her behalf would be a critical investment in her future.
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By Travis Tormey posted in Drug Charges on Monday, April 14, 2014
A recent traffic stop, conducted by officers from the Glen Rock police department, became a much more significant incident when police discovered evidence of drugs in the vehicle and subsequently crossed the highway in order to save the dog that jumped from the car.
According to Glen Rock Police Detective Sergeant Eric Reamy, officers stopped the vehicle on Route 208 at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 13th for an equipment violation. They found three passengers in the car at the time, as well as a pit bull puppy. Per reports, the officers also noticed drug paraphernalia in plain view, at which time they decided to search the vehicle.
The K9 Unit from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office was then called to the scene to assist in the investigation. According to Sergeant Reamy, law enforcement officials discovered heroin in the vehicle and one of the passengers was carrying heroin on his person. All three of the passengers are facing drug-related charges as a result.
During the search, the young dog that was in the car dangerously fled across the highway. Fortunately, the officers were able to retrieve the puppy and it emerged from the incident unscathed. The passengers in the vehicle, on the other hand, are now facing drug-related charges, which likely include possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Charges involving possession of heroin offenses, codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, are considered crimes of the third degree, which are punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison. Defendants who are ultimately convicted of these offenses may also face a fine of up to $35,000. However, if the defendant does not have a prior criminal record, he or she may be eligible for a diversionary program known as the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program.
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By Travis Tormey posted in Sex Crimes on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Authorities recently arrested a man wanted on luring charges in connection with two separate incidents that occurred in Leonia. When he approached another woman in Palisades Park, she subsequently led police to the suspect.
According to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, police had been searching for the suspect, whom they identified as 65-year-old Englewood resident Jay Dorfman, since the Leonia incidents, which occurred on March 12th and involved two different victims. Until the most recent incident, investigators were working solely with a composite sketch of the man and a description of the SUV in which he was traveling.
Then, Dorfman approached a 29-year-old Asian woman from Palisades Park on Tuesday April 8th, attempting to entice her into his vehicle. The woman, who appears extremely young according to police, documented the car’s license plate number as well as its make, model, and color. She then notified police of the incident. After providing a description of the man, police showed her the previous sketch as well as the photo they obtained from Dorfman’s driver’s license via DMV records, which they obtained with the details of the vehicle that she provided.
With the suspect positively identified, Dorfman was then arrested in a coordinated effort made by officers from Leonia and Palisades Park. He is now facing charges for four counts of luring and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. In addition, Dorfman has been charged with three counts of harassment and one count of lewdness in connection with alleged events that allegedly occurred in January in Palisades Park.
With the aforementioned charges filed against Dorfman, particularly the luring charges, he could be facing serious consequences if convicted. According to N.J.S.A. 2C:13-6, which governs luring, enticing and solicitation charges in New Jersey, these offenses are classified as crimes of the second degree. A conviction for these types of charges entails a prison sentence ranging from 5 to 10 years, mandatory sex offender registration under Megan’s Law, and the potential for community supervision for life.
Dorfman, who is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail with his bail set at $350,000, would be best advised to obtain an experienced criminal defense attorney to serve on his behalf in this case.
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