EAST ORANGE, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Marckles Alcius, 34, of Lowell Massachusetts pled guilty yesterday to intentionally crashing a stolen bakery truck into the Planned Parenthood Health Clinic in East Orange, injuring two patients and a staff member.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, entered before the Honorable Nancy Sivilli, Judge of the Superior Court, Alcius will be sentenced to a combined ten years in New Jersey State Prison. Under the No Early Release Act, he must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, according to Assistant Prosecutor Adam B. Wells, who handled the case.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2021.
He pled guilty to three counts of aggravated assault, causing or risking widespread injury or damage and being in possession of the stolen truck, which he used as a weapon.
The state alleged that on Feb. 14, 2018, Alcius was trying to destroy the building by crashing the stolen bakery truck into the waiting room of the clinic. The defendant admitted he was targeting the Planned Parenthood and was willing to die.
It is anticipated Alcius, who was in the country legally, will face deportation to Haiti after he serves his sentence.
Alcius had been charged with terrorism, a first-degree offense which carries 30-year sentence. As part of the plea agreement, that charge will be dismissed.
Alcius injured three women, including two patients who were at the clinic for routine medical care, including one who was pregnant.
Acting Prosecutor Stephens thanked the Planned Parenthood of Metro New Jersey for assisting the investigation.
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