Man Sentenced for July 2018 Carjacking in Township of Denville  

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MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Denville Police Chief Frank Perna announce that Mr. Michael Romeo, 32, with a last known address of Sewell, has been convicted and sentenced related to a carjacking incident that occurred in the Township of Denville on July 10, 2018.

Romeo was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison and must serve five years of this sentence before being eligible for parole.  The Defendant is also subject to a five year term of parole supervision following completion of the term of incarceration.

On January 14, 2019, the Defendant entered a guilty plea to Carjacking, a crime of the first degree.  In pleading guilty, the Defendant admitted that on July 10, 2018, the Defendant accepted a ride from the victim into the Township of Denville.  When being dropped off, the Defendant admitted to putting the victim in fear of bodily injury so that he could steal the victim’s vehicle.  The Defendant then drove away from the scene in the victim’s stolen vehicle.

Members of the Denville Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit subsequently located the Defendant and the victim’s stolen car in Philadelphia, PA.  On July 12, 2018, the Defendant was arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department.  The Defendant was later extradited to New Jersey to face charges related to this incident.

Sentence was imposed by the Hon. David H. Ironson, J.S.C.  The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Tara Wang in this matter.