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Linden Man Sentenced 22 Years for Murder


On October 14, a Linden man was sentenced to 22 years in state prison for the shooting death of 29-year-old Andy Rozelien, according to Union County officials.

Officials said, on July 8, Ashton Barthelus, 27, pled guilty to 1st-degree aggravated manslaughter in exchange for the 22-year sentence, which requires him to serve at least 85% of the term before the possibility of parole.

According to Linden Police, shortly before 3:30 pm on Monday, October 26, 2020, members of the police department responded to the 1600 block of East St. Georges Avenue.

Linden Police said, they found Andy Rozelien of Linden having sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Rozelien was transported to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, where he was pronounced dead, according to Assistant Prosecutor Scott Peterson, who prosecuted the case.