5 04 2008

14 years for home invasion of disabled vet

By Kathleen Hopkins • April 4, 2008

Asbury Park Press

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080404/NEWS/80404034

Toms River — A cadre of uniformed state troopers and veterans watched this morning as a Superior Court judge doled out a 14-year prison term to a Manasquan man who pleaded guilty in a brutal home-invasion robbery of a disabled, World War II Marine veteran and retired state police lieutenant.

Judge James Den Uyl imposed the prison term on Ryan McErlean, 38, of Ridge Avenue for the Oct. 31, 2004 robbery of Joseph Kaminsky in his home in a retirement community in Lakewood.

As a jury was being selected for a trial on kidnapping, robbery, burglary and weapons charges, McErlean pleaded guilty on Feb. 7 to first-degree robbery with the potential to cause serious bodily injury to the victim.

Senior Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulhus said McErlean entered Kaminsky’s home, beat him, bound him with duct tape and left him on the kitchen floor while he ransacked the house, looking for valuables. McErlean took $200 from Kaminsky’s pockets, his car keys and the retired state police lieutenant’s service revolver, Paulhus said.

Kaminsky, then 84, was a World War II Marine veteran who came home from the war and joined the first class of the New Jersey State Police, according to Paulhus. Kaminsky retired as a lieutenant in 1972 after 26 1/2-year career with the state police. He lived alone, having been widowed about five months prior to the robbery, and he walked with the assistance of a walker after breaking his leg a year earlier, Paulhus said.

Kaminsky died about 14 months later, on Jan. 27, 2006, of causes unrelated to the robbery.

Paulhus argued for the maximum term of 20 years for McErlean. Defense attorney Clifford Lazzaro argued for the minimum term of 10 years, saying his client committed the crime after having spent seven days without sleep and on crystal methamphetamines and alcohol.

Den Uyl imposed a 14-year term with the stipulation that McErlean serve 85 percent of the sentence before he can be considered for release on parole, under the state’s No Early Release Act for violent criminals.

Advertisements

Actions

Information

3 responses

5 04 2008
Alcohol Posts » 14 years for home invasion of disabled vet By Kathleen Hopkins …

[…] ganolen wrote a fantastic post today on “14 years for home invasion of disabled vet By Kathleen Hopkins …”Here’s ONLY a quick extractDefense attorney Clifford Lazzaro argued for the minimum term of 10 years, saying his client committed the crime after having spent seven days without sleep and on crystal methamphetamines and alcohol. … […]

6 04 2008
7 04 2008
14 Years For Home Invasion Of Disabled Vet By Kathleen Hopkins | kurtisnoam

[…] read more This was written by . Posted on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at 7:39 pm. Filed under Admin. Bookmark the permalink. Follow comments here with the RSS feed. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment. […]

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: