Prosecutor: Twin Brothers Found Guilty of Disabled Vet Attack

Twin brothers from Monmouth County have been found guilty of aggravated assault and conspiracy to rob a disabled US Army veteran, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. 

On March 22, brothers James and Jason Dotts, 41, of Long Branch, were found guilty of second-degree aggravated assault, second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, and third-degree theft from a person after a three-week trial before Superior Court Judge Vincent N. Falcetano. 

The case background …

On November 3, 2016, at about 9:30 p.m., the Dotts brothers, along with another man, visited the Long Branch apartment of their neighbor, a 58- year-old disabled Army veteran. During the evening, the victim was beaten unconscious and awoke bloodied and alone on the floor of his apartment, with his cell phone and cash gone.

The victim was hospitalized for several weeks at Monmouth Medical Center for injuries suffered during the assault.

Due to their prior records, both James and Jason Dotts face an extended term of confinement and up to 20 years in prison when they return for sentencing on May 31.

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