By: Yuritza Arroyo
Authorities in Bergen County announced that on April 19, Francis Tattoli of East Rutherford was sentenced to 55 years in New Jersey State Prison after being convicted of murder, kidnapping, and felony murder in connection with the death of Monet Thomas in December 2016.
According to officials, on December 17, 2016, Francis Tattoli was the downstairs neighbor of Monet Thomas in a building located in the 200’s block of Summer Street in East Rutherford.
Officials say at approximately 9:00 p.m. that evening, while Monet Thomas was returning from walking her dog, Francis Tattoli attacked Ms. Thomas in the communal hallway of the apartment complex and dragged her by the throat into his apartment, where he ultimately murdered her by strangulation.
On November 1, 2022, a jury convicted Francis Tattoli of kidnapping Ms. Thomas from the hallway of her apartment building and murdering her by strangulation.
On April 19, Francis Tattoli was sentenced to 55 years in New Jersey State Prison, subject to the No Early Release Act, for his crimes.