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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: June 18, 2014







Man found guilty of assault conspiracy and weapons offenses


†††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that a Bayonne man could be sentenced to serve up to 40 years in a New Jersey state prison after being convicted of charges stemming from the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old South Amboy resident who was killed during a dispute at a house party in Sayreville.


††††††††† Emery Baskerville, 21, was found guilty on June 17, 2014 of conspiring to commit an aggravated assault, conspiring to possess a handgun for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit, hindering his apprehension and hindering the apprehension of three co-defendants following the death July 21, 2012 of Randal Teron Smith.


Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves, sitting in New Brunswick, revoked Baskervilleís bail and scheduled a September 4, 2014 sentencing date for the defendant.


Baskerville was found guilty of the charges by a jury, which deliberated more than 11 hours over three days.


The jury also found the defendant not guilty of charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose.


In addition, the defendant was found not guilty of the attempted murder of another individual who had attended the house party.


††††††††† During a trial that began on May 27, 2014, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Mannion and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Eric Snyder presented evidence and testimony linking Baskerville to the case.


Baskerville was one of four men who were arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective Richard Belotti of the Sayreville Police Department and Investigator Adrian Villegas of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.


††††††††† Tarique S. Holmes, 23, of Bayonne, Samuel Frejuste, 22, of Sayreville and Chad Vaughn, 21, of South Amboy previously pleaded guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced on July 7, 2014.


Holmes may be sentenced to serve up to five years in prison and could serve 85 percent of the penalty without parole after pleading guilty to counts of aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit.


Frejuste pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit and hindering the apprehension of his co-defendants, and may be sentenced to five years with a three-year parole ineligibility.


Vaughn admitted a count of hindering the apprehension of his co-defendants and is facing a probationary term of up to five years.


††††††††† The investigation began after police received a call at 2:23 a.m. on July 21, 2012, alerting them to the shooting during the party at a house on Greenhill Avenue in Sayreville.


††††††††† When police arrived, the victim was found on a neighbor's lawn. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead at 3:28 a.m.