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Linden Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter in 2007 Shooting Death of Jersey City Man

Jersey City

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced that on Thursday, April 22, Zia Berisha, of Linden, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter in relation to the fatal shooting of Michael Marro, Jr., of Jersey City, that occurred on November 6, 2007.

According to officials, Berisha, 46, had previously been convicted of the murder of Michael Marro, Jr. by a Hudson County Jury and sentenced to a 30-year term in State Prison in 2010. In 2019, that conviction was overturned by a state Appellate court and was remanded for a new trial.

According to police, on November 6, 2007, the Jersey City Police Department responded to the residence of Michael Marro, Jr. on Warren Street. They found a lifeless Marro, Jr., 39, who had been fatally shot and beaten.

Sentencing, in this case, has been scheduled for July 16, before the Honorable Judge Patrick J. Arre, J.S.C.