On September 9, Patrick Spann, age 41, of Bridgeton, was sentenced to 28 years in New Jersey State Prison on aggravated manslaughter, 1st degree, according to Bridgeton officials.
According to preliminary reports, Spann must serve 85% of that sentence under the No Early Release Act (NERA) before he is eligible to be released. Once released, he will be subject to 5 years of parole supervision.
Additionally, Judge D’Arrigo sentenced Spann to a concurrent eight years in prison for the desecration of human remains, 2nd degree. The sentencing followed Spann’s plea of guilty to the charges on July 8.
The charges arose on May 22, 2020, with Bridgeton Police responding at approximately 8:30 a.m. to 133 Grove Street, an abandoned warehouse known as the “four star,” for a report of a homicide.
The caller indicated that he overheard a man named “Patrick” speaking with an unknown male about assistance in moving a body from the warehouse. Officers were familiar with an individual named Patrick Spann and his paramour Tracy Dubois.
The deceased body of Tracy DuBois was located nearby on the riverbed of the Cohansey River.
Investigators located a crime scene inside the abandoned building, wherein a significant amount of blood and blood spatter evidence was found inside an empty room.
Investigators located drag marks and blood leading from the building to where the victim’s body was ultimately found.
A “BOLO” was put out for Patrick Spann, and he was quickly located near the bus stop in Bridgeton near the intersection of North Pearl and Commerce Streets. Spann was in possession of Tracy Dubois’ bag of belongings.