MORRISTOWN, NJ - Two men involved in the 2019 homicide of a Parsippany resident were sentenced Thursday with one getting five years in prison and the other being credited for the time he spent behind bars already.
The sentencings, announced by Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller, related to the September 2019 death of Jaime Lopez-Basilio.
One of the men sentenced Thursday, Rogelio Laureano-Gonzalez, 26, of Parsippany, pleaded guilty June 3 to second degree manslaughter and second degree hindering own apprehension.
State Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor imposed on Laureano-Gonzalez a sentence of five years in state prison with 85 percent parole ineligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act, said the prosecutor’s office.
The other defendant, Cirilo Rojas-Paulino, 25, also of Parsippany, pleaded guilty June 3 to third-degree hindering apprehension of another. Taylor sentenced Rojas-Paulino to 291 days time-served in the Morris County Jail as a condition of two years probation.
“The investigation arose from a Sept. 9, 2019 report of a deceased male inside a home in the area of Old Bloomfield Road, Parsippany-Troy Hills,” said the officials. “Investigation confirmed that a deceased male’s body was located inside a residence in the area. The manner of death was determined to be homicide.”
Two residents of the home where the incident took place, Rogelio Laureano-Gonzalez and Cirilo Rojas-Paulino, could not be immediately found, said officials. They said they were later found in California and arrested.
“The collaborative efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and California brought these defendants to justice,” Knapp said. “We are very thankful to all involved for this successful prosecution and conviction.”
Knapp acknowledged the efforts of the Oxnard (California) Police Department, the Kern County (California) Sheriff’s Office, the United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.