05/14/2019 – State v. Charles Hunter – Entry of Guilty Plea

Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announces the following:

On May 13, 2019 Charles Hunter, age 49 of Bridgeton, pled guilty to two counts of Vehicular Homicide for the deaths of Lois Morgan, 82, and Henry Mazzoni, 81, also of Bridgeton. The guilty plea was entered in Superior Court before the Honorable Robert G. Malestein. In exchange for a plea of guilty to the second degree crimes, the State will recommend that Hunter will be sentenced to 7 years prison on each count with the sentences being served concurrently. Hunter must serve approximately 5 years and 11 ½ months before being eligible for release and will also be subject to 3 years of parole supervision upon completion of his prison term.

The collision occurred at the intersection of State Highway 49 and West Park Drive in Hopewell Township at 4:15 PM on February 25, 2018. During his plea colloquy, Hunter admitted to not getting enough sleep the night before and having smoked marijuana earlier in the day. The investigation was conducted by members of the New Jersey State Police from the Bridgeton Barracks. Evidence and witness statements showed that Morgan and Mazzoni’s Buick LeSabre was making a left turn to travel east on Highway 49 when Hunter, operating a Dodge Journey minivan eastbound on 49, entered the intersection after disregarding a red light, striking the Buick on the passenger side.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Charles J. Wettstein. The defendant was represented by Terry Stomel, whose office is in Bridgeton. Sentencing is scheduled for July 12, 2019.

*For immediate release.

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