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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: April 21, 2014
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: April 21, 2014
Defendant sentenced for murdering
††††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey
announced that a
L. Hayes Jr., 36, was ordered to serve the term with no chance for parole for killing
Petra Rohrbaugh, 52, of
was sentenced to the term in
Hayes cut short his trial and pleaded guilty on February 6, 2014 to counts of murder, burglary, aggravated arson and desecration of human remains.
guilty plea was entered after Hayes reached an agreement with Middlesex County
First Assistant Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Middlesex County
In pleading guilty, Hayes said he broke into the victimís home, intended to kill her and strangled her before setting fire to her bed and her lifeless body in an effort to conceal his role in the murder.
During the trial, Kuberiet and Vitale presented evidence and testimony linking the defendant to the crimes. Ms. Rohrbaugh was found dead in her bedroom on April 8, 2010.
Following an intensive investigation by the Old Bridge Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office and the New Jersey State Police, the homicide and related charges were filed against Hayes on April 14, 2010.
He initially was arrested and charged on the evening of April 8, 2010, with obstruction and hindering police during the investigation into the womanís death.
after the homicide, police traced Hayes to the home of an unidentified friend