08/25/2020 Sentencing: State v. Alfonso Heggs

On August 25, 2020, Alfonso Heggs of Millville was sentenced by the Honorable Cristen P. D’Arrigo, J.S.C. to 25 years New Jersey State Prison on Aggravated Manslaughter, 1st degree.  Heggs must serve 85% (21 years and 3 months) of that sentence under the No Early Release Act (NERA) before he is eligible to be released.  Once released, he will be subject to 5 years of parole supervision.

Judge D’Arrigo also sentenced Heggs to 10 years New Jersey State Prison on the Unlawful Possession of a Handgun charge.  Heggs must serve 5 years before he is eligible for parole on that charge.  The final charge, Possession of a Firearm for Unlawful Purpose, was merged with the conviction for Aggravated Manslaughter.  Both sentences were ordered to be served concurrently (making the total sentence an aggregate 25 years).

On January 24, 2020, Alfonso Heggs of Millville, was found guilty by a Cumberland County Jury of the following offenses:

  1. Aggravated Manslaughter, 1st degree;
  2. Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd degree; and
  3. Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, 2nd degree

The jury acquitted Heggs of Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder, 1st degree.

The charges arose on April 10, 2017.  Millville Police and members of the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office responded to a shooting death at 616 Dock Street in the City of Millville.  The victim, Charles Boozer, was located in the street, deceased from a gun shot wound.  A joint investigation by the Millville Police Department and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office led to the determination that Alfonso Heggs had shot and killed Charles Boozer.  The gun Mr. Heggs used to shoot and kill Mr. Boozer was located in Mr. Heggs’ bedroom.

The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Cathryn Wilson.  Defendant was represented by Justin Loughry, Esquire.

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