FLEMINGTON, NJ – A man who authorities initially sought as a suspect for attempted murder has pleaded guilty to second-degree aggravated assault and sentenced to state prison.

Ciro V. Perrone, 33, of Raritan Township, was wanted in connection with a New Year’s Day stabbing in a township home. The victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and admitted in critical condition. Perrone was arrested Jan. 5 after a $1,000 reward was offered for information leading to his apprehension.

Perrone pleaded guilty on May 25.

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Judge Angela F. Borkowski sentenced Perrone to a seven-year prison term, according to a press release this morning from Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.

The investigation was conducted by Kearns’ office and Raritan Township police.

“I would like to commend the law enforcement officers and detectives from the Raritan Township Police Department and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office for their dedication and hard work in this case,” Kearns said in the press release. “I would also like to thank Assistant Prosecutor David Culley for his efforts.”