(FREEHOLD) A Monmouth County grand jury returned an indictment Monday against a man accused of the shooting death of an Asbury Park Man in September 2012, and a second man found in possession of a defaced weapon, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Ronald T. Daniels, Jr., 24, of Fourth Avenue, Highlands, and Whitmere Place, Long Branch, is named in the seven-count indictment with first degree Murder, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, third degree Receiving Stolen Property and fourth degree Possession of Hollow Nose Bullets. Daniels is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $2 million cash only bail.
Asbury Park police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Asbury Park Village, near the intersection of Atkins Avenue and Heck Avenue around 10:08 p.m. on September 1, 2012. Upon arrival, police found several bystanders attempting to perform emergency aid on 30-year-old Jerome Wright, who was lying in the courtyard of Asbury Park Village. Witnesses told police several shots were fired towards a group of people on Atkins Avenue. Wright was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, but was pronounced dead at 10:50 p.m. that evening.
Shortly after the shooting, Neptune Township police officers approached a group of individuals on Monroe Avenue resulting in the recovery of two handguns. A handgun recovered from Daniels proved to be the murder weapon, while a second weapon was recovered from Shamere Reid, 20, of Myrtle Avenue in Neptune. Reid is charged in the two-count indictment with second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and fourth degree Possession of a Defaced Firearm. Reid is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, in lieu of $50,000 bail.
If convicted of Murder, Daniels faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to the provisions of the “No Early
Release Act” (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.
If convicted of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful purpose, Daniels faces a sentence of five to ten years in prison. If convicted of Receiving Stolen Property, he faces a sentence of three to five years in prison.
If convicted of Possession of Hollow Nose Bullets, he faces up to 18 months in state prison. If convicted of Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Daniels and Reid each face five to ten years in state prison with a period of up to three years that must be served prior to becoming eligible for parole. If convicted of Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Reid faces up to 18 months in state prison.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
The case is assigned to Assistant Prosecutors Christopher Matthews and Noah Heck. Daniels is represented by Mark Cheser, Esq., of Union, and Reid is represented by Michael Wicke, Esq., of Freehold.