A Mullica Township man has been convicted of murder, in connection to the shooting death of his wife at their home in 2014, Atlantic County First Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.
Today, following a six day trial before an Atlantic County Superior Court Judge John R. Rauh, Sergio DeRosa was found guilty of Murder in the shooting death of his wife, 57- year-old Lynn DeRosa.
Sergio DeRosa faces a sentence of 30 years to life in a New Jersey state prison and must serve a minimum of 30 years. DeRosa will return for sentencing on Sept. 7, 2017.
According to authorities, on May 26, 2014, at 9:24 a.m., the Mullica Township Police responded to 4901 Pleasant Mills Road for a report of a shooting.
Upon arrival, police found Lynn DeRosa, 57, of that address, suffering from a gunshot would to the head.
An autopsy performed on May 27, 2014, by Dr. Marianne Hamel, of the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, determined the cause of death to be a shotgun wound to the head, and the manner of death: homicide.
On September 27, 2016, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted DeRosa for murder, for purposely or knowingly causing the death of his wife, Lynn DeRosa. This indictment superseded a previous indictment that was handed down by an Atlantic County Grand Jury in September 2015 for Manslaughter by recklessly causing the death of his wife. DeRosa alleged he accidentally shot his wife while cleaning his gun.
Following the Murder indictment, DeRosa was free on $150,000 bail, with the stipulation that he may not leave the State of New Jersey, and was required to wear a GPS location monitoring device.
DeRosa was taken into custody this afternoon, following the announcement of the guilty verdict.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy and at the direction of First Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill.