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Howell Resident Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Charges stem from 2010 incident

A Howell man faces 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to one count of first degree aggravated manslaughter last week. 

Julius K. Garrett, 26, pleaded guilty to stabbing Howell resident Scott Gregory in June of 2010. According to a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office the Howell Police Department responded to a call on June 20 at just after 4 a.m. of an unconscious man on the side of Fort Plains Road. 

When they arrived on the scene Gregory was found on the ground and was unable to be resuscitated by first responders to the scene before being pronounced dead at a local hospital. The next day Garrett turned himself into police. 

Following an investigation it was shown that the two had been friends and had been walking home together after attending a party in the township. The two men then reportedly got into a fight in which both men sustained head injuries according to the press release. 

Gregory was able to walk home with a friend while Garrett got a ride to his brother's house from three women who had also been at the party. On the ride home Garrett reportedly saw Gregory walking and asked that the car be pulled over before the fight resumed. At that time Garrett reportedly stabbed Gregory in the chest and in the back before leaving the scene. An autopsy showed that Gregory died from stab wound to the chest. 

As part of the plea agreement the Prosecutor's office will recommend a 15 year sentence of which Garrett will have to serve 85 percent due to the No Early Release Act. 

Garrett is currently in the Monmouth County Jail in lieu of a $1 million cash only bail. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutors Jacquelynn Seely and Danielle Zanzuccki. Garret is represented by Raymond Santiago of Freehold. The plea was made in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia. 

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2013.

rosa December 04, 2012 at 01:30 AM
this man killed someone and all he got was 15 years?????
Rebecca Sussick-Panitz December 04, 2012 at 02:18 AM
This guy should get 2nd degree murder of this not manslaughter! It wasn't an accident. He intended on stabbing him but, whether or not he premeditated the stabbing probably can't be proved. This isn't right, he should get at least 20-25 yrs imo.
dont_panic January 17, 2013 at 05:57 PM
i agree, the one killed was my friend and i am outraged to hear that this guy's gonna be out in 15. he didn't even turn himself in, it was his sister who had to turn him in. and he went there planning to do it according to people i knew at the time. it's pretty ridiculous that he's getting out so early.
shannon April 12, 2013 at 09:49 PM
I am the victims sister... His mom actually turned him in, yes he is only serving 15 years, plus timed served which in June 13 will be 3 years. The girls who drove them also walked away with no charges, tho they have proof that the girls waited there and drove them home... Apparently in NJ murder isn't really that big of a deal( unless of course it is someone important, if you are a normal human who made mistakes before, your dead doesn't matter to them). My family actually had to write letters to the court on how his murder affected us. The Murdered also got a chance to talk, on of course how bad his life is in jail, and how he is suffering.. Did we even get an apology.. nope. Its not fair at all, considering the girls drove back to his house to get he knife then he got back into the car and drove back up the street, cause where the party was, where my brother died, and where the murderers house was, He had to of passed my brother, go to his house get the knife, then go back to the scene of the crime.. It was brutal, my brother was a tank, 6'2 220 pounds and the murderer is like half his weight, the brother wasn't there breaking up the fight if you ask me.. but then again i'm basis cause he is my brother. But it really all stems down to the cops not doing the investigation to the best of their abilities.. They never even found the knife.. I miss my brother a lot, and thank you for agreeing that this sentencing is bullshit. It means a lot..

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