An 18-year-old man has been charged with first degree murder for allegedly shooting his father at their house in Kinnelon, NJ.
The Kinnelon Borough Police Department received a call about a shooting at a home located on Wedgewood Drive. When police officers arrived at the scene, they discovered the body of the 57-year-old victim. According to police, the victim had been shot multiple times.
Law enforcement identified the victim’s son as a suspect in the killing. Sometime later, a police officer in Hardyston Township NJ saw the suspect near the Skylands Ice World on Route 23 in Stockholm, New Jersey. The suspect was placed under arrest without incident.
Additionally, police allegedly found he gun used in the fatal shooting.
The suspect was charged with very serious criminal offenses, including first degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon.
If the suspect is ultimately indicted and convicted of first degree murder, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, homicide is the most serious offense in the New Jersey Criminal Code. Anyone convicted of first degree murder is subject to a minimum sentence of 30 years in NJ State Prison, with the potential for a life sentence.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He is being held at the jail in lieu of $750,000 bail.
Officials revealed that the victim had worked for two years in the code enforcement department for Pequannock Township.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Kinnelon Borough Police Department are still investigating the killing.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the shooting is asked to get in touch with investigators at 973-285-6200 or 973-838-5400. Additionally, members of the public can provide anonymous tips by calling the CrimeStoppers tip line at 973-267-2255.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “18-Year-Old Man Shoots Father to Death, Is Arrested near Ice Rink.”