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Elmwood Park Man Sentenced for Supplying Drugs that Killed Two Passaic County Men

Elmwood Park Paterson

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announced the sentencing of Mr. Angel Hernandez, 39, of Elmwood Park, on two counts of Strict Liability for Drug Induced Deaths, a violation of NJSA 2C:35-9, a crime of the First Degree.

According to Prosecutor Valdes, Passaic County Superior Court Judge Justine Niccollai sentenced Mr. Hernandez to thirteen years in state prison with the No Early Release Act (NERA) to apply, requiring 85 percent of the sentence to be served before parole.

"Mr. Hernandez was responsible for supplying heroin which led to the overdose deaths in March 2015 of victims Eric Somesla, age 24, of Paterson, and the July 2015 overdose death of Daniel Renois, 23, of Clifton.

For media inquiries concerning this case contact Chief Assistant Prosecutor Paul DeGroot of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit at or 973-837-7671.