MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - There will be no early release for Christian Cortes, 25, of North Brunswick, who was sentenced yesterday in the aggravated manslaughter of Desiree Alvarado, 38 of New Brunswick. He will serve 85% of his 16-year sentence.
Cortes pleaded guilty yesterday to first degree aggravated manslaughter, admitting he shot Alvarado in New Brunswick on Friday, July 14, 2017. The victim died four days later at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital from complications due to the gunshot wound to her neck, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.
In a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Arabelys Santos and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Lamountain, Cortes will be sentenced to 16 years in a New Jersey state prison. This term is subject to the No Early Release Act. As such, the defendant will have to serve 85 percent of his prison term before becoming eligible for parole.
Cortes was arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective Erica DiMarcello of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Craig Marchak of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office
The investigation determined that on Friday, July 14, 2017, at 10:30 am Cortes shot Alvarado, while she was sitting in a car, on Seventh Street between Livingston and Joyce Kilmer Avenues in New Brunswick. She was pronounced dead on July 18, 2017 at 5:20pm at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
Cortes is scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Joseph Rea on May 22, 2019.