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Prosecutor: Three Men Found Guilty in 2009 Teacher’s Murder

Three men have been found guilty of the 2009 killing of Red Bank Middle School teacher Jonelle Melton, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Tuesday.

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Prosecutor: Neighbor Pleads Guilty to Murder, Sex Assault of 11-Year-Old Girl

The upstairs neighbor of an 11-year-old has pleaded guilty to her 2017 murder and sexual assault, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Andreas Erazo, 20, of Keansburg, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to first-degree murder and first-degree aggravated sexual assault in connection with the July 13, 2017 death of Abbiegail “Abbie” Smith, who was found just hours after she was reported missing from her Hancock Street apartment in Keansburg.

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Prosecutor: Brother Indicted in Colts Neck Family Killings

A Monmouth County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against the brother of a Colts Neck man who was found dead along with his wife and two children just days before Thanksgiving, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Monday morning.

The indictment charges Paul J. Caneiro, 51, of Ocean Township, with four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree felony murder, two counts of second-degree aggravated arson, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon (firearm) for an unlawful purpose, one count of third-degree possession of a weapon (knife) for an unlawful purpose, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon (firearm), one count of fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon (knife), one count of second-degree theft, one count of second-degree misapplication of entrusted property and two counts of third-degree hindering apprehension of oneself, in connection with the slaying of his brother Keith Caneiro, 50, his sister-in-law Jennifer Caneiro, 45, his nephew Jesse, 11, and his niece Sophia, 8, on Nov. 20, 2018. 

The joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Colts Neck and Ocean Township police departments has expanded to include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Paul J. Caneiro remains detained pending trial in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township. 

If convicted of Murder, Caneiro faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without parole on each count. Felony murder carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act (NERA). Aggravated arson carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison, also subject to the provisions of NERA. The remaining second-degree offenses each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison, while the third degree offenses each carry a maximum sentence of five years in state prison.   

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher J. Decker, Director of the Office’s Major Crimes Bureau and Assistant Prosecutor Nicole Wallace.

Defendant is being represented by Mitchell Ansell, Esq., and Robert J. Honecker, Jr. Esq. of Ocean Township.

Investigators continue to seek additional information about the case. Anyone with information about the Colts Neck murders and arson is asked to call Detective Patrick Petruzziello of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Richard Zarrillo of the Colts Neck Police Department at 732-780-7323.

Anyone with information about the Ocean Township arson is urged to call Detective Brian Weisbrot of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Christopher Brady of the Ocean Township Police Department at 732-531-1428.

— Press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Prosecutor: 22-Year-Old Faces 40 Years After Pleading Guilty to 2017 Manslaughter, Armed Robbery

An Ocean Township man pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated manslaughter and armed robbery in connection with the 2017 killing of Trupal Patel, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Friday.

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Prosecutor: 82-Year-Old Charged with Murder in Fatal Hit-and-Run

An 82-year old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a male pedestrian who was struck and killed during a hit and run incident on Friday evening in Asbury Park, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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Prosecutor: Area Man Facing Life in Prison for 2013 Double Murder

A Long Branch man has been convicted of murder and weapons charges in connection with the 2013 double murder of a couple found dead inside a Sairs Avenue apartment in the city, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. 

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Prosecutor: 20-Year-Old Man Indicted in Teen’s September Murder

A 20-year-old man has been indicted on murder and related charges in connection with the September fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Monday.

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Prosecutor: Suspect Arrested in Nov. 10 Murder

A male suspect has been arrested in connection with the Nov. 10 shooting of a 43-year-old Neptune Township man, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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Prosecutor: Man Indicted for Murder in Fatal August Shooting

A Long Branch man has been indicted on murder and attempted murder charges in connection with an August shooting at Long Branch restaurant Bom DMais that left a man dead and a woman injured, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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Prosecutor: Three Indicted on Murder Charges Stemming from 2017 Case

Three men have been indicted on murder charges in connection with the Thanksgiving Eve 2017 fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man, Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Wednesday.

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Prosecutor: Teen Indicted for Murder in August Shooting Death

A Monmouth County grand jury has returned a five-count indictment charging a Keansburg man with the August murder of 20-year-old Keyport resident Evan Smutz, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Tuesday.

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Prosecutor: Area Man Convicted of Murder in 2017 Shooting

A Long Branch man was convicted Friday for the shooting death of another city man last year, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said on Tuesday.

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