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Hoboken Street Fight Stabbing Was Self-Defense, Attorney For Lyndhurst Man Says
UPDATE: A Lyndhurst man was defending himself when he stabbed a North Bergen man who attacked him in Hoboken, his lawyer told a judge in Jersey City on Tuesday. “It’s self defense, clear self defense,” attorney Adam Lustberg of Hackensack said after the judge released Andre Mateus, 26, with conditions following a Zoom hearing. The trouble began at the Tally-Ho...
New evidence convinces judge to release man charged in death of teen during sex
The New Jersey man accused in last month’s choking death of a woman during rough sex has been ordered released from jail and placed on home confinement to await his trial for reckless manslaughter. Michael Gaffney, 21, checked out of the Bergen County Jail shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, according to public records…
Maywood suspect in sex choking death released from jail
A Maywood man accused of fatally choking a 19-year-old woman during sex was released from jail on Thursday after the defense attorney presented new evidence alleging the woman died of a drug overdose. Michael Gaffney, 21, will be placed under home confinement and required to wear an ankle monitor as he awaits trial for allegedly asphyxiating Francis Garcia while they...
N.J. Man Allegedly Posted Naked Snapchat Pic of Teen He Choked to Death During Sex in Parked Car
The 21-year-old New Jersey man accused of killing a woman by choking her during sex allegedly took a picture of her while she was naked and unconscious — and posted it to Snapchat before seeking help. Michael Gaffney, 21, of Maywood, was arrested on Nov. 2 and charged with reckless murder in connection with the death of Frances Veronica Garcia,...
Woman dies after ‘rough sex in car and taking prescription drugs’
A New Jersey man accused of killing a woman during ‘rough sex’ in a car posted a picture of her dead, naked body on Snapchat before calling for help. Michael T. Gaffney, 21, from Maywood was charged with reckless manslaughter last month over the death of Francis Victoria Garcia, 19…
JC man caught with 3 kilos of heroin at GWB could be freed in 18 months
EXCLUSIVE: A judge in Hackensack on Friday approved a plea-bargained six-year prison sentence for a Jersey City man caught by Fort Lee police with six pounds of pure heroin for sale during a George Washington Bridge stop last summer. While insisting that she was “not overlooking the seriousness of the offense,” Superior Court Judge Margaret M. Foti upheld the plea deal...
Man who pulled trigger in horseplay shooting death of friend close to plea deal
CVP EXCLUSIVE: An East Orange man who is accused of killing his friend while carelessly playing with a handgun behind a New Milford apartment complex has less than two weeks to accept a plea deal or go to trial. Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Danielle Grootenboer said she thinks that she can secure a deal with Byron Sankar, 22…
Sentencings end 43-kilo cocaine deal case, one of Bergen’s largest
EXCLUSIVE REPORT: One of the largest drug-trafficking prosecutions in Bergen County history was put to rest late last week with the sentencings of three men who all took plea deals and testified against an associate who was sent to prison for at least 16 years. In approving the considerably shorter negotiated sentences for the trio, Superior Court Judge Edward A. Jerejian...
Judge reduces bail for woman charged in Hackensack limo driver’s murder
ONLY ON CVP: A judge yesterday lowered bail for a part-time hairdresser from Newark accused of lying to investigators who charged her boyfriend in the cold-blooded killing of a popular Hackensack limousine driver on Route 80 last summer. Another judge in Hackensack previously denied the bail reduction for Jomaris Gonzalez, a 28-year-old mother of three, but Presiding Superior Court Judge Liliana...
Mahwah men take reduced pleas for robbing boy in bogus drug deal
Two Mahwah men who jumped and robbed a 17-year-old boy of $60 after luring him into a bogus cocaine deal pleaded guilty to reduced charges in Hackensack today. What began as second-degree robbery charges were downgraded to disorderly assault offenses against Adam Krilla, 20, and 19-year-old Daniel F. Mapes as a result of their separate pleas…

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