Officials announced that Michael Meyers, 31, no known address, pleaded guilty Monday to first degree robbery of a car from the home of an elderly Washington Township couple on May 12, 2016.
Under terms of a negotiated plea, Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office Trial Chief Paul Colangelo will recommend that Meyers be sentenced to 17 years in New Jersey State Prison. He is subject to the NJ No Early Release Act, which requires offenders to serve 85 percent of a sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
According to authorities, Meyers entered the plea as jury selection was set to begin for charges related to the May 12th incident.
Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 5th.
Authorities added that Meyers is currently serving prison terms for burglary and resisting arrest offenses in Burlington and Camden counties.
In the Washington Township incident, a man appeared at a patio door in the rear of the victim’s home, when the victim went to investigate, Meyers managed to gain entry into the home through conversation. Then grabbed the victim’s car keys and fled in the couple’s car. The husband sustained cuts on his arm and hand from a cutting implement the intruder wielded.
Police arrested Myers in Winslow Township in the stolen vehicle.
Authorities later determined that the vehicle had been also used to rob a Washington Township service station on the Black Horse Pike the same day.