A New Jersey man with an extensive criminal history recently entered a
guilty plea, having only recently been released from prison. The
criminal defense strategy may have been based on the desire to avoid another trial, and
to forestall the media attention that the case has garnered. Having already
spent a considerable amount of time moving through the legal justice system,
the Paulsboro man, who is a husband and father, may have simply wanted
to move past the allegations.
The man served four months in Bayside Prison after being accused of paying
two individuals to set fire to a neighbor's vehicle. The fire led
to an explosion, although no one was injured in the incident. As that
trial approached, the man was also accused of threatening witnesses who
were expected to testify against him. He pled guilty to criminal mischief
in that case.
While that matter was moving through the court, the man and his wife faced
charges of bias intimidation. This came after they placed a sign on their
lawn that could be interpreted as an act of harassment toward an autistic
child who lived nearby. Those charges were dismissed as part of the plea
package in the criminal mischief case.
In the recent matter, the man was accused of sending threatening email
to a reporter who covered the other cases. The email messages allegedly
stated that the man was aware of the reporter's address and what type
of vehicle he drove, and suggested that a friend of the man might visit
the reporter's home. Harassment charges soon followed.
In deciding to enter a guilty plea as his criminal defense strategy, the
New Jersey man was able to avoid going to trial in the matter. He received
a fine of $256 in addition to court costs, and was then able to put the
matter behind him. Having recently been through multiple rounds of criminal
charges, the man may turn his attention toward his family and the multiple
business ventures he and his wife are involved with, and avoid any further
interaction with the courts.
Source: Nj.com, "N.J. man accused of threatening reporter pleads guilty to disorderly persons charge", Andy Polhamus, April 20, 2015