UPDATE: No Sentence Reduction for Toms River Killer Robert Marshall

Subject of best-selling book filed for a reduced sentence, based on deteriorating health.

Convicted murderer Robert Marshall, the Toms River insurance broker whose sensational case inspired a book and a T.V. movie, lost a bid to reduce his life sentence this week, according to a statement from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Marshall applied to Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels to reconsider his 2006 decision to sentence Marshall to life with 30 years parole ineligibility. Marshall cited his deteriorating health as a reason for applying.

In a written opinion, Daniels denied Marshall’s request to change his  sentence,  noting that the Court was aware of Marshall’s health at the time of the re-sentencing in 2006, and that Marshall’s present health condition does not rise to the level of severity he claimed warranted his release.

Judge Daniels also noted that the crime for which Marshall was convicted and sentenced - the murder of his wife - was taken into account in denying his bid for a reduced sentence.

Marshall had been sentenced to death in 1986 for the 1984 murder of his wife, Maria, at a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway. The case became the subject of the best selling book, Blind Faith (pictured).

In September 1984, Marshall, who was chairman of the Ocean County Chapter of the United Way fund, was with his wife, Maria, while they were traveling north on the Garden State Parkway from Harrah's in Atlantic City.

Marshall claimed that when he and his wife pulled over at the Oyster Creek picnic area in Lacey Township, he was then knocked unconscious. He later found his wife dead from two gunshot wounds.

Marshall was arrested in December 1984. Prosecutors argued that Marshall had hired two men to kill his wife so that he could collect on a $1.5 million insurance policy. He was later convicted of the murder and sentenced to death.

New Jersey no longer has the death penalty. In 2006, Marshall was resentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole in eight years.

gracie allen December 07, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I totally believe in the death penalty. Maybe if it was in force and enforced there might be a little less crime. And the bonus is the taxpayers aren't paying to 'care' for these low lifes in prison.
grace December 07, 2012 at 11:51 PM
seriously cant believe he is even asking for this...you had your wife killed so you could have an affair with sarran kraushaar of lester glenn...come on robert..you should have been put to death already!!!!!!!!
mary decker December 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Feel sorry for his children they lost their mother too soon
Tom December 12, 2012 at 06:57 PM
The actual shooter was found not-guilty, I believe at least one of the other men testified against Marshall and got a reduced sentence. Marshall was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder and with the sentencing in 2006 is now eligible for parole in 2014
Toni December 19, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Grace, you don't get it. It's a researched fact that the death penalty has never deterred crime and there's no "bonus." Taxpayers pay more to sentence someone to death than if they got a life sentence. There are many, many required appeals and legal work unless the prisoner waives their right to them. This is why it takes years before execution. I don't support the death penalty. There have been too many cases where the authorities got it wrong.


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