38-Year-Old Hamilton Man Sentenced to 12 Years in State Prison

Published on June 12, 2023

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Robert M. McNally, and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Richard Pantina announce that Earl Kelly, age 38, of Hamilton, NJ, has been sentenced to 12 years in New Jersey State Prison.

On April 20, 2023, a Morris County jury found Earl Kelly guilty of three counts following a six-day trial. The defendant was found guilty of second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and third-degree Criminal Restraint. Kelly was acquitted on the remaining four counts of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact, one count of criminal sexual contact, one count of armed robbery, and one count of aggravated assault.

Evidence at trial established that on December 24, 2021, the defendant met with the 19-year-old female victim at the Holiday Inn in Parsippany.  The defendant restrained the victim inside the room for a period of time while he was armed with a handgun. Following an investigation, the defendant was apprehended by members of the Edison Police Department on January 7, 2022.

On June 8, 2023, the Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr. imposed an aggregate sentence of 12 years in New Jersey State Prison.  Specifically, Judge Taylor imposed concurrent eight-year sentences for the Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and the Unlawful Possession of a Weapon counts. Those counts are subject to the Graves Act, which makes the defendant ineligible for parole until he has served four years of the eight-year sentence.  In addition, Judge Taylor imposed four years on the count of Criminal Restraint which will run consecutive to the eight years imposed on the Unlawful Possession of a Weapon count.

Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank and acknowledge the agencies that participated in the investigation that led to the guilty verdict, including the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the Edison Police Department, the Hamilton Township Police Department, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, which worked together to investigate this incident leading to the guilty verdict. The Prosecutor would also like to thank former-Assistant Prosecutor Vanessa Craveiro, Assistant Prosecutor Lucas J. Gatti, Detective Jenna Powers, former-MCPO Detective Thomas Laird, and all others who contributed to the investigation and successful prosecution in this case.

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