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Toms River Woman Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Ocean County

By: Najla Alexander

Authorities in Ocean County say on May 1st, Samantha Massimino, 36, of Toms River, pled guilty before the Honorable Guy P. Ryan, P.J.Cr.P., to Manslaughter in connection with the death of Reinaldo Feliciano, Jr., 35, also of Toms River, in the early morning hours of October 24, 2020. 

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said at the time of her sentencing on July 7, 2023, the State will be seeking a term of seven years in New Jersey State Prison - subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act.

According to Prosecutor Billhirmer, on October 24, 2020, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Toms River Township Police Officers responded to a local residence following a 911 call requesting assistance about a stabbed male victim. 

Responding Officers found Reinaldo Feliciano, Jr., with a stab wound to his leg.

An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit revealed that Massimino and Mr. Feliciano, who had previously been in a dating relationship, became involved in a physical altercation at the residence officials reported. 

Authorities say Massimino retrieved a knife during the argument and ultimately stabbed Mr. Feliciano in the leg. 

Officials said Mr. Feliciano was transported to Community Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 4:45 a.m. 

Prosecutor Billhirmer said Massimino was taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Ocean County Jail, where she has been lodged since her arrest.

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