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STATE v. HENDRICKS — NEW JERSEY MURDER TRIAL — “NOT GUILTY” VERDICT

Mr. Tumelty represented Helena Hendricks, who was charged with first degree murder in Atlantic County Superior Court. The defendant faced a number of additional charges, including armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose. At the conclusion of a jury trial that lasted three weeks, the defendant was found “not guilty” of all charges.

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Facing a Murder Charge? Your Freedom is at Stake

Police in Jackson, New Jersey arrested 47-year-old Hector Calderon of Freehold for his alleged role in the homicide of Jackson resident Peyman Sanandaji. Police say the murder took place late at night on April 9. Authorities discovered Sanandaji’s body in a local restaurant that had long been closed. The incident left the community deeply shaken and reminds us all that in the blink of an eye, everything can change, for both a victim and the perpetrator.

It’s not clear what sparked the confrontation that led to the murder. However, it is clear that Calderon will now be facing serious charges for what could have been an ill-advised lapse in judgment.

Murder, also called homicide, is one of the most heinous crimes one can commit. The penalties in New Jersey if convicted for murder are extremely serious; they fit the crime.

  • Though the state abolished the death penalty in 2007, a murder conviction can still result in 30 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • Being convicted of killing a police officer or a child under 14 can result in an automatic life sentence without parole.

Those are just two of several specific guidelines in the state’s felony penal code. Mitigating factors can ultimately influence the outcome of the case, which is why it’s just as important to retain effective legal representation for the sentencing phase as it is for the actual trial. In the unfortunate event that you’re found guilty, the right attorney can push for the best possible sentencing which could save you significant jail time, depending upon mitigating factors and special circumstances.

If you’re facing a murder charge, your freedom is, literally, at stake. Successful criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty has an exemplary record of helping New Jersey residents facing serious murder charges. Call us today for a free consultation.

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South Jersey criminal defense lawyer John W. Tumelty is conveniently located in Atlantic City, NJ. He serves clients in Atlantic, Ocean, Gloucester and Cape May counties and the Jersey Shore, including: Absecon, Atlantic City, Avalon, Brigantine, Buena, Cape May, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Estell Manor, Folsom, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton, Linwood, Longport, Margate, Mullica Township, Northfield, Pleasantville, Port Republic, Somers Point, Ventnor,  and Waymouth.