Julius K. Garrett, 26, was sentenced to 15 years in state prison for his role in the November 2010 death of fellow township resident Scott Gregory.
The sentence comes after Garrett pleaded guilty to one count of first degree aggravated manslaughter according to a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.
In the early morning of June 20, 2010 the Howell Township Police Department responded to reports of an unconscious man on the side of Fort Plains Road. Officers then found Gregory "showing no signs of life," according to the release. Members of the Howell First Aid Squad were unable to resuscitate Gregory and he was pronounced dead soon after at a nearby hospital.
A joint investigation by the Prosecutor's Office and the Howell Police Department showed that the two men had been friends and were at a party on the night in question. The two men were then involved in a dispute which ended with both men suffering minor head injuries.
While Gregory walked home Garrett had been given a ride to his brother's house on Shures Acres. The two brothers then got in a car and drove along Fort Plains Road where they saw Gregory and stopped their car. Another fight then began despite efforts by Garrett's brother to break them up and ended when Gregory was stabbed in the chest and back before fleeing according to the Prosecutor's Office.
The next day Garrett turned himself into the local police department.
According to the sentence Garrett must serve 85 percent of his time subject to the No Early Release Act meaning he must serve at least 12 years and nine months before he is eligible for parole.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutors Jacquelynn Seely and Danielle Zanzuccki. Garrett is represented by Raymond Santiago, Esq., of Freehold.