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.