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Release* † ††††††Date: October 21, 2010 †
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* † ††††††Date: October 21, 2010
County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that a 48-year-old
Cibelli Jr. was found guilty in
A jury deliberated for about five hours over two days before returning its verdict at the Middlesex County Courthouse.
faces a prison term of 55 years when he is sentenced on January 5, 2011 in
During an eight-day trial that began on October 6, 2010, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Neil J. Casey presented evidence and testimony showing that Cibelli stunned Ms. Silva when he struck her over the head with a heavy hammer-stapler gun, strangled her, and then took her body and other evidence to a recycling center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Cibelli initially was convicted in May 2007, but filed an appeal and was granted a retrial in June 2009.
Prosecutor Kaplan thanked the South Plainfield Police Department and the FBI for their invaluable assistance in the prosecution of this case.