PASSAIC, NJ – A Somerville man has been charged in the shooting of a Passaic County man on Jan. 17, 2020.

The suspect, Joshua A. Villegas, 21, is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault, Second Degree; Aggravated Assault, Second Degree (2 counts); Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Second Degree (2 counts); and Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, Second Degree (2 counts), according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes in connction with the Jan. 17 shooting.

If convicted on all counts, he could face a maximum of 70 years in prison.

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Passaic Police Chief Luis A. Guzman provided the following information on the Jan. 17 shooting:

On Jan.17 members of the Passaic Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at 7:48 p.m.in the area of Central Avenue, Passaic and found a 21-year-old  Passaic man in a building with a non-fatal gunshot wound.

He was transported to Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson for treatment.

Based on the subsequent investigation, Villegas was identified as one of the individuals involved in the shooting and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Villegas turned himself in to the Passaic Police Department on Jan. 22.

The sentencing exposure for Villegas on First Degree Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Assault is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with 85% of the term to be served before parole eligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act; on each count of Second Degree Aggravated Assault it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with 85% of the term to be served before parole eligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act; on each count of Second Degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with a minimum of 42 months before parole eligibility pursuant to the Graves Act; and on each count of Second Degree Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with 42 months of parole ineligibility pursuant to the Graves.

The State filed a motion for pretrial detention that was heard by Judge Donna Gallucio who ordered Villegas to remain detained on Jan. 28.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to call the  tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or to contact the Passaic Police Department at 973-365-3900.