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Bergenfield Man Sentenced to 25 Years in State Prison for Deadly Hotel Stabbing in Elizabeth



By: Yuritza Arroyo

Authorities in Union County announced today a Bergenfield man was sentenced on Thursday, May 25, for the stabbing death of 39-year-old Marlon Pantin of Brooklyn, NY, that occurred in 2022 at the Country Inn & Suites in Elizabeth.

According to Elizabeth officials, Javan Johnson, 32, was sentenced to 25 years in State Prison for Aggravated Manslaughter, directing that he must serve at least 85% of that sentence before being eligible for parole.

Officials say in the early morning hours of Monday, March 21, 2022, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to the Country Inn and Suites, located at 100 International Drive, and found Pantin, who had sustained critical injuries as a result of being stabbed.

According to Elizabeth Police, Pantin was transported to University Hospital in Newark and subsequently pronounced dead.

“I commend the dedicated efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Robert Grady, Sergeant Filipe Afonso, and Elizabeth Detectives James Szpond and Louis DeMondo for their hard work on this case,” said Union County Prosecutor Daniel.

“I hope this sentencing can bring some small comfort to those mourning Mr. Pantin.”