Prosecutor: Monmouth County Man Pleads Guilty to 2013 Murder

Following a four-year investigation, a Monmouth County man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in connection with a 2013 murder and is facing a 15-year prison sentence, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said on Wednesday.

Dominique Moore, 25, admitted in court on Wednesday that he pointed a loaded 9mm handgun at victim Daniel Graves, 23, also of Asbury Park, and shot and killed him.

As part of his plea agreement, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office will recommend that Moore receive a term of 15 years in New Jersey state prison, subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act (NERA), requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for release on parole.

Once released, Moore will be on parole supervision for a period of five years. The plea agreement was reached after full consultation with, and with the approval of, the victim’s family.

Moore’s guilty plea is the result of a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Asbury Park Police Department.

The case background …

Asbury Park Police responded to the corner of Bangs and Dewitt Avenues after receiving a report of multiple shots fired around 8:20 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2013. The investigation revealed that Graves left a pizzeria in Asbury Park followed by a small group.

Shortly thereafter, Moore shot Graves and fled the scene on foot. Police found Graves lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. Graves was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune Township where he was pronounced deceased at 8:57 p.m.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Meghan Doyle and Emily Cartmell.

Moore is represented by Mark Bailey of Newark. 

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office