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Granskie Pleads Guilty in Connection With Sexual Assault, Murder of Carolyn Stone

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - An Oak Street resident has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated sexual assault in connection with the sexual asault and murder of Carolyn Stone in Bridgewater in May 2009.

David Granskie, Jr., 28, pleaded guilty Monday in connection with the case, and, in exchange for the plea, the state is recommending a sentence of time served at the time of the sentencing, scheduled for Dec. 18. According to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, Granskie has been incarcerated for more than six years.

Soriano said that, on May 24, 2009, at about 6:47 a.m., there was a report of a suspected homicide, and Bridgewater Township Police Officers were called to a home on Oak Street in the Bradley Gardens section of Bridgewater. There, Soriano said, officers found a female victim in the backyard of the house.

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The victim, Soriano said, was identified as Carolyn Stone, and officers said she was the victim of a homicide.

Following an investigation, Soriano said, Granskie was arrested and charged with the sexual assault and murder, with co-defendants Gary Wilson and Rocky DiTaranto.

In 2011, Soriano said, Wilson entered a guilty plea to murder and was sentenced in 2013 to serve 45 years in New Jersey State Prison, 85 perent without eligibility for parole.

In 2013, Soriano said, DiTaranto entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated sexual assault, and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 4 to five years in prison, with 85 percent parole ineligibility.

Soriano said that, during his plea, Granskie acknowledged that he, Wilson and DiTaranto planned a sexual encounter to be perpetrated on Stone. Granskie acknowledged, Soriano said, that Stone was intoxicated to the extent that she could not provide consent.

According to Soriano, Granskie said the sexual encounter was going to occur whether Stone consented or not, and said he assisted in bringing her out of the house and into a secluded portion of the rear yard of the property with Wilson and DiTaranto.

After pleading guilty, Soriano said, Granskie's bail was revoked and he was remanded to the Somerset County Jail pending sentencing.

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