RANDOLPH, NJ - Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announced that Brendon Matos, 28, of Randolph Township, New Jersey pleaded guilty today to First Degree Felony Murder in connection with the shooting death and robbery of his father. He also pleaded guilty to First Degree Robbery and Second Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. All of the defendant’s actions occurred on July 5, 2011.
In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to shooting his father in the course of robbing him of money at their Randolph residence. Defendant admitted that he used his father’s firearm in commission of these crimes. Defendant also admitted that he did not have a firearm permit and knew that due to a prior felony conviction in the State of Florida, he was not permitted to possess a weapon.
Under the terms of the plea agreement the State will recommend that the defendant be sentenced to 40 years in State Prison pursuant to the No Early Release Act. This will require that Matos serve 85% of his sentence prior to parole consideration.
Senior Trial Counsel/SDAG John McNamara, Jr. and Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Anthony Scibetta represented the State in the plea agreement.
The Honorable Mary Gibbons Whipple, J.S.C. presided over the plea. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the Morris County Correctional Facility pending sentencing, which is scheduled for April 25, 2014 before Judge Whipple.
Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks Randolph Township Police Chief David Stokoe and the Randolph Township Police Department, Sheriff Edward Rochford and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Chief David Doyle and the Morris County Park Police, Lieutenant Brian Bird and the Human Services Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit who participated in the investigation of this matter.
Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.