UPDATE: Two Men Plead Guilty in Carteret Homicide
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said two men pleaded guilty today for their involvement in the fatal shooting of a Carteret resident. According to authorities, Miguel Delgado Benitez, 22, and Juan Cardona Marrero Cardona, 33, both of Carteret, admitted to their part in the circumstances leading to the death of Briccio Guevara, 63, on December 6, 2016. Authorities said Miguel Delgado Benitez pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and Juan Cardona Marrero pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christie Bevacqua, Benitez will be sentenced to a prison term of 25 years, while Marrero will be sentenced to a 10-year prison term.
According to officials, both sentences are subject to the No Early Release Act. As such, both defendants will have to serve 85 percent of their prison terms before becoming eligible for parole. They are scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Benjamin Bucca on March 2, 2018. The two defendants were charged during an investigation into the death of the victim, who was fatally shot and found at the entry way of his home.
Police were alerted when neighbors called, reporting the sound of gunfire.
Upon arrival, EMS transported Guevara to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 12:01 a.m. The defendants were arrested and charged following an investigation by Detective David Abromaitis of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Thomas O’Connor of the Carteret Police Department.