Law & Justice

Valentino Ianetti Jr. Released Pending Further Investigation

Valentino Ianetti, Jr. Credits: Courtesy of the Sussex County Bureau of Corrections.

NEWTON, NJ - It was almost three years ago that Pamela Ianetti was found dead in her 15 New Street home in Stanhope on Dec. 8, 2009.

And close to three years since that date, her spouse, Valentino Ianetti, Jr., has now been released from the Sussex County jail, the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility, where he has remained since his indictment, while awaiting trial.
After a 911 call, police found Ianetti dead on the floor of the home from numerous stab wounds. She was autopsied that same day, at which time the medical examiner pronounced the death as homicide from multiple stab wounds.
Vincent Ianetti, Jr. was indicted on counts of murder in the first-degree and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the third-degree.

However, the course of this case has changed, prompting the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office to dismiss the indictment. It was "dismissed without prejudice" by the Honorable Thomas Critchley on Aug. 14, after an application was submitted by the prosecutor's office.
Ianetti's attorney, Stephen Insley, Esq., provided on May 24, 2013 to the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office, expert findings that offered an alternate view into the cause of the victim's death.  The Sussex County Prosecutor's Office, in turn, consulted with their experts -- a forensic pathologist, toxicologist and crime scene expert.
Since then, the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office has commented: "The State concluded that a reasonable doubt currently exists concerning Mr. Ianetti’s guilt and that it was appropriate, and in fact ethically and morally required, to dismiss the Indictment."
With the case in a "dismissed without prejudice" status, the indictment against Ianetti is still open for reinstatement. At the current time, the Sussex County Prosecutors Office has further commented, "Because the investigation of this matter remains open, it would be inappropriate to comment further until the investigation is concluded."

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