Law & Justice

Former Edison Officer Gets 20-Year Prison Sentence

0b93499f7fd25027edbc_mini_magick20170907-1989-k406ny.jpg
0b93499f7fd25027edbc_mini_magick20170907-1989-k406ny.jpg

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Former township police officer Michael Dotro will spend the next 20 years in prison for a series of crimes committed in the last five years, including the attempted murder of a supervising officer and his family, officials said Thursday.

According to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Dotro, 40, of Manalapan, will serve at least 17 years of his sentence before being eligible for parole as part of a plea agreement.

Middlesex County Superior Court Judge Pedro J. Jimenez, Jr., imposed the sentence Thursday in accordance with a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Russell Curley. In addition, the Judge ordered restraining orders to protect the victims involved, the release said.

Sign Up for E-News

“We are satisfied now that Michael Dotro has been convicted and sentenced to 20 years incarceration for crimes which all of our many honorable police officers find repugnant,”  Prosecutor Carey said in the release. “Over the past few years, the Prosecutor’s Office, along with Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan, and members of Edison Police Department, have worked diligently to remove the cancerous officers from the ranks of the department.  As a result, police officers can proudly wear the Edison Police shield as they protect and serve all members of the public; and our residents can be confident that the Edison Police Department is functioning effectively and with integrity.”

According to the release, Dotro received 20 years for attempted murder in the first degree and 10 years for aggravated arson in the second degree for setting the May 23, 2013, fire at the Monroe Township home of another Edison officer, who was his supervisor.

Both sentences are subject to the No Early Release Act, which requires him to serve 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole, the release said.

In addition, he was sentenced to 10 years for official misconduct in the second degree, five years for conspiracy to tamper with a witness in the third degree and 18 months for conspiracy to retaliate in the fourth degree, officials said.

All sentences are to run concurrent for a maximum of 20 years.

Dotro is also to serve five years of parole supervision once released from state prison, the release said.

The former police officer was charged during an extensive investigation by the Detective Bureau of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office; led by Detective Donald Heck and Detective Christopher Pennisi.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Piscataway

Edison Police Seek Help Finding Missing 14-Year-Old

June 22, 2018

EDISON, NJ - A 14-year-old Edison girl who ran away from home on May 3 has yet to be found and police are asking anyone with information about  to come forward.

Edison detectives are leading a statewide search for the girl, Jalaysia Staplar-Evans. They said they believe she could be staying with friends or acquaintances in Newark or the Essex County area, said Edison Police Lt. Robert ...

Obituaries

Piscataway – Michael John Doherty, 73, passed away Saturday June 16, 2018 in Las Vegas, ...
Read more
Toms River – Mary Stella Whiteman, 97, passed away peacefully Saturday May 19, 2018 in Rose ...
Read more

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019 and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

June 21, 2018

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019

and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

June 21, 2018  – Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced that it will award a total of 13 grants to 11 local community non-profit organizations in its nine-county service area for 2018-2019, with an increase in total program funding at 15% ...

The ESCNJ Offers Innovative Software To Strengthen School Transportation

New software promising greater speed and efficiency for school transportation departments is now available through the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ).

The software is the result of a two year collaboration between the Princeton based Artha Systems, an international supplier of business management software, and the ESCNJ.

“The software is unlike anything on the ...

Rutgers takes over New Brunswick police dispatch service

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University will provide the city’s police dispatching services in a move that New Brunswick says will cut costs and put an end to dispatcher shortages that resulted in officers doing the job.

The city’s 12 current dispatchers will be laid off at the end of the day on June 30, and Rutgers will supply dispatchers as of July 1 under an agreement that city ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_8f0a915f696bb2ae1366_community_shred

Sat, June 23, 9:00 AM

Quibbletown Park, Piscataway

Piscataway Township Paper Shredding Event

Government Green

Carousel_image_69a18f0b201d125f101a_health___wellness_symposium_final_6-17-18

Sat, June 23, 10:00 AM

Reformed Church of Highland Park, Highland Park

Free Community Health Fair & Wellness Symposium

Education Giving Back Health & Wellness Other

Wed, June 27, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

Empowerment for the Job Search: Applications & ...

Business & Finance

Thu, July 5, 7:00 PM

Piscataway Public Library, Piscataway

Trivia Night at the Library!

Arts & Entertainment

Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

June 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

My So-Called Graduation

The last of my children graduated from high school.  

 

My son and daughter threw their caps high into the air and cheered their liberation from one symbolic institution before contemplating their matriculation into other, much larger institutions significantly further away.  

 

Or at least far enough away that they won’t be needing rides home from ...