A Morris County Superior Court judge reduced the sentence of a woman convicted of killing a man in Dover, NJ in 2008.
Jade Ransom originally pleaded guilty in January 2013 to reckless manslaughter. The charges stemmed from the shooting death of Jesus Dimas Rodriguez-Marques in a Dover, NJ alley. Ransom told authorities that she shot Rodriguez-Marques because he had inappropriately touched her on the butt.
When a key witness in the case died, prosecutors extended an offer to Ransom.
After Ransom accepted the prosecutor’s deal and pleaded guilty, the judge in the case imposed the maximum penalty of 10 years in NJ State Prison. This represented the maximum penalty for the offense. It also prompted Ransom’s attorney to appeal the sentence as being excessive.
When a state appeals panel reviewed the case, the panel determined that the case needed to be sent back to the lower court for reconsideration.
Ultimately, the lower court judge reduced Ransom’s sentence from 10 years to nine years. However, despite the reduction in sentence, Ransom is still required to serve at least 85 percent of her sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Since Ransom has already served more than six years of her sentence, she will be eligible for parole in less than two years.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Woman Who Admitted Killing Man on Dover Street Gets Sentence Reduced from 10 Years to 9.”
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