Jersey City Man Sentenced to 33 Years in State Prison for 2017 Knifepoint Sex Assault

According to Hudson County officials on Thursday, October 10, Superior Court Judge Mark J. Nelson sentenced Marquise Gilchrist, 33, of Jersey City, to 33 years in New Jersey State Prison on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault Committed during a Burglary and 18 years in New Jersey State Prison for Aggravated Sexual Assault Committed while Armed with a Weapon, to be served concurrently.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the charges on June 24th.

Officials say Gilchrist will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence without the opportunity for parole under the No Early Release Act.

According to officials, Gilchrist was arrested in August 2017 in connection with an aggravated sexual assault that occurred inside an apartment on Fairmount Avenue in Jersey City.

The arrest was made after a 22-year-old woman reported that she was sexually assaulted at knifepoint by an unknown male who broke into her apartment.

The defendant committed the crimes while on parole supervision for a similar aggravated sexual assault committed in 2003. He has been incarcerated on the present case since August 2017.

The New Jersey State Parole Board, Division of Parole, revoked the defendant’s parole status. As a result, the defendant will only receive six days of jail credit for the time served since August 2017.

The defendant previously served a sentence of 15 years with 85% parole ineligibility on the 2003 case. He was released on parole in November 2016.

The defendant will tentatively be eligible for parole in 2047. He will then be subject to possible civil commitment under the Sexually Violent Predator Act.

The case was investigated by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit. The State was represented by John Mulkeen, Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Special Victims Unit.