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UPDATE: Man Sentenced to State Prison for Violent Stabbing in Berkeley Township

Ocean County

By: Najla Alexander 

Authorities in Ocean County announced that on April 19, the Honorable Kimarie Rahill, J.S.C., sentenced Angelo Grenci, 47, of Berkeley Township, to twenty years in New Jersey State Prison.

Officials stated as a result of his previously entered guilty plea to Aggravated Manslaughter in connection with the death of Carlton Williams, 50, of Seaside Heights, in Berkeley Township, on November 14, 2020.AdOcean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said this sentence will be subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act, meaning that Grenci will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence before he may be considered for parole eligibility. Grenci pled guilty to the charge before Judge Rahill on January 29, 2024.

During the evening hours of November 14, 2020, Officers from the Toms River Township Police Department and Berkeley Township Police Department responded to RWJ Barnabas Community Medical Center in Toms River relative to a report of a male victim having been stabbed, officials say. 

According to officials, responding Officers found the victim, Carlton Williams, with an apparent stab wound to his neck.

Mr. Williams was subsequently flown to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries on November 21, 2020, officials say. 

Authorities say a post-mortem examination was performed by the Ocean County Medical Examiner on November 22, 2020.

The Medical Examiner determined the cause of Mr. Williams’s death to be anoxic brain injury secondary to massive bleed from a stab to the neck, and the manner of death to be homicide, officials stated. 

Officials said an investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Berkeley Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit determined that Grenci stabbed Mr. Williams in the neck during an altercation that occurred in the area of Magnolia Avenue in the Manitou Park section of Berkeley Township at approximately 7:00 p.m. on November 14, 2020.AdAccording to officials, on November 16, 2020, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team, and Berkeley Township Police Department Detective Bureau executed a court-authorized search warrant at Grenci’s residence in Berkeley Township.

Grenci was taken into custody without incident, and officials say, initially transported to and lodged in the Ocean County Jail; Grenci has since been lodged in New Jersey State Prison, where he is presently serving a sentence on an unrelated matter.