The 21-year-old defendant, who was employed as a cook, allegedly drank in excess of 20 beers and consumed three bags of cocaine before committing the homicide.
The defendant, who is reportedly an undocumented immigrant, went for the night with friends at the Xclusiv Lounge in Dover, NJ. The 39-year-old victim was also reportedly at the club that night.
At some point during the night, the suspect and the victim allegedly got involved in a verbal altercation. The dispute reportedly concerned a woman.
Sometime before the club closed for the night, the suspect and the victim were walking along nearby East Blackwell Street, along with several other individuals.
The verbal dispute between the suspect and the victim continued outside the club and eventually turned violent. The suspect allegedly had a knife, which he used to stab the victim in the neck.
Police conducted an investigation into the killing and spoke with multiple witnesses. The owner of the bar initially told investigators that only one of the men involved in the fatal fight had been inside the club before the stabbing.
Investigators eventually came across enough evidence to connect the suspect to the murder. The suspect was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with aggravated manslaughter. He later appeared in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ and pleaded guilty to the charges.
Now the defendant has received a lengthy prison sentence for the murder. The Morris County Superior Court judge issued a sentence of 25 years in NJ State Prison. Additionally, the suspect will be ineligible for release on parole until he serves at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Dover Man Gets 25 Years for Fatal Stabbing, Report Says.”