MORRISTOWN, NJ - Three males have been sentenced in the connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred on the evening of October 21, 2018 in Victory Gardens, announced Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, New Jersey State Police Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, and Rockaway Borough Police Chief Conrad Pepperman 

Victor Hernandez (20), marlon Martinez (24) were both sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the 85 percent parole ineligibility requirements of the No Early Release Act, stated authorities. Carlos Rodriquez (22) was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison also subject to the 85 percent parole ineligibility requirements of the No Early Release Act, they stated.

According to authorities, the investigation revealed that the defendants entered a residence through a closed, but unlocked, front door during the evening hours. The residence was occupied by the leaseholder and two guests. During their guilty pleas, the Prosecutor's Office has announced that Hernandez and Martinez both acknowledged that they were armed with weapons, specifically metal pipes, and that they had agreed with Rodriguez and one another to enter the residence to commit theft. Rodriguez acknowledged that he entered the residence with the two other males, both of whom were armed with metal pipes, said authorities. Rodriguez further acknowledged that he stole a safe and metal chains from the residence while the other males used the metal pipes to threaten the victims.