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New Jersey man pleads guilty to assault with a metal garbage can

A man has recently been sentenced, stemming from an incident that occurred near a Point Pleasant Beach motel on Jan. 19, 2012. The New Jersey man was accused of robbery, assault and other weapons charges resulting from an altercation in which the man supposedly used a metal trash can as a weapon. He pleaded guilty to multiple charges and has been sentenced to six years in prison.

According to the report, at about 1 a.m. on that date, police responded to a call about a disturbance involving three men in the area who were supposedly knocking over garbage cans in the caller's neighborhood. Police located one of the suspects (the man who has just been sentenced). As they began questioning him, the officers received another call. This call was from an individual who claimed that his prescription drugs had been stolen from him, and he was injured during the purported robbery.

The victim stated that he was approached by three men, and one of them -- later identified as the man who was just sentenced -- brandished a knife and demanded the victim's prescription medication. When the three suspects attempted to leave, an altercation broke out between the victim and another man, and that man supposedly hit the victim over the head multiple times with a metal trash can. Police subsequently arrested the man they were questioning, and they later found and arrested the other suspect as well.

The first individual originally faced charges of first-degree robbery, possession of a weapon and aggravated assault. He was also charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and resisting arrest. After the investigation continued, the charges were modified to include infractions associated with using the metal garbage can as a weapon, and he ultimately faced at least 10 charges. The New Jersey man chose to plead guilty to many of those counts in court, presumably in exchange for a reduced sentence and/or other favorable treatment. In this man's case, he presumably felt that pleading guilty was in his best interest; however, every individual accused of a crime has the right to choose what path to take in his or her defense in an effort to yield the most favorable results.

Source: pointpleasant.patch.com, Point Beach Man Involved In Garbage-Can Attack Gets Six Years In Prison, Catherine Galioto, Dec. 13, 2013

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