Two men already pending trial in Somerset County have been formally charged with the armed robbery of a Long Hill Township convenience store. According to the reports released at this point in time, two males from Washington Township, both in their fifties, are alleged to have held up a convenience store at gun point on February 25, 2017 in Long Hill. The Defendants apparently entered the County Farms convenience store, pointed a handgun at the clerk, demanded the money from the register. To make matters worse, one of the Defendant’s is alleged to have fired the handgun in the direction of the clerk as well. The clerk turned over the money in the register and the Defendants fled the scene.
It is unclear at this point in time what key evidence linked these two Defendant’s to the robbery but they both have been formally charged with robbery in the first degree, conspiracy to commit robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon in the second degree and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose in the second degree. The Defendants were remanded in the Somerset County Jail where they are currently being detained on other charges pending a detention hearing. If convicted of robbery in the first degree the Defendants face up to twenty years in a New Jersey State Prison and a fine up to $200,000. To make matters worse, robbery falls under the No Early Release Act, which in essence requires a Defendant to serve at least 85% of their sentence before they could become eligible for parole. In addition, if convicted of the unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose charges the Defendants face up to ten years in a New Jersey State Prison and a fine up to $150,000. These two offense also fall under what is known as the Graves Act which similar to the No Early Release Act require a parole ineligibility term be imposed. For more information on the offense of robbery please click here.
Robbery Charges in Morris County NJ
If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in Morris County, New Jersey the Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver can help. Our office routinely appears in Courts throughout the County including the Long Hill Municipal Court, the Madison Municipal Court, the Denville Municipal Court, the Montville Municipal Court, the Dover Municipal Court and the Morris County Superior Courthouse. If you would like to come into our Morristown office then please contact us directly at 973.309.7050.