Man Sentenced to State Prison for Denville Homicide

Published on December 15, 2022

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, and Denville Police Chief Frank Perna announce that Anthony Citro, age 43, formerly of 37 Chestnut Hill Drive East, Denville NJ, has been sentenced to 17 years in New Jersey State Prison.

On November 16, 2022, Anthony Citro entered a guilty plea to first degree Aggravated Manslaughter before the Hon. Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr.  On December 15, 2022, Judge Taylor imposed a sentence of 17 years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA), which makes the defendant ineligible for parole until he has served 85% of the sentence imposed.

The charges arise from an incident that occurred on May 17, 2021.  At approximately 7:24 a.m., law enforcement received a 9-1-1 call regarding a fire at 37 Chestnut Hill Drive East in Denville. Upon arrival to the scene, law enforcement officers located Anthony Citro outside the residence, with apparent blood on his clothing. Smoke was observed coming from the residence. Members of the Denville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire, which was later determined to be incendiary. While suppressing the fire, the body of a deceased female was located inside the residence. The female was identified as Eileen Citro, age 68, the defendant’s mother. The cause of death was ruled homicide by the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office. The manner of death was determined to be sharp force injuries.

Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank and acknowledge the various agencies that participated in the investigation, including the members of the Denville Volunteer Fire Department, the New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety, the Denville Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Arson/Environmental Crimes, Major Crimes and High-Tech Crimes units.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.  


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