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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: January 7, 2014
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: January 7, 2014
New Brunswick man, cousin, plead guilty in city shooting
††††††††† Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey
announced today that a
Victor Rodriguez (DOB 3/6/92) and his cousin, Anthony Rodriguez, (DOB 10/15/90) also of New Brunswick, admitted possessing the replica 9mm Beretta handgun that fired blank rounds.
During a hearing on January 6, 2014 before Superior Court Judge Bradley J. Ferencz, the defendants told the court that the replica looked like a real weapon and said they knew that anyone who saw it would have believed it to be a real handgun.
Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Sheree Pitchford, the defendants will be placed on probation for terms of up to five years when they are sentenced on March 10, 2014.
grand jury sitting in
a review of evidence and testimony, the grand jury considered and found no
basis to file charges against two
Investigators from the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office immediately took control of the scene of the shooting, independently interviewed witnesses, collected evidence, and questioned neighborhood residents.
Anthony Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department, said the decision by the defendants to plead guilty ďfurther demonstrates the actions of my officers were justified.Ē