Jose Feliciano Murder Trial- Morris County

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Jose FelicianoThe defendant was tried and convicted of first-degree murder, N.J.S.A 2C:11-3a(1), first-degree felony murder, N.J.S.A 2C:11-3a(3), two counts of first-degree robbery, N.J.S.A 2C:15-1a(1), third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, N.J.S.A 2C:39-4d, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, N.J.S.A 2C:39-5d and third-degree hindering, N.J.S.A 2C:29-3b(1).

On October 22, 2009, at approximately 8:00 a.m., a discovery was made in the rectory of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, which is located in Chatham Borough, New Jersey.  The body of the pastor, the Reverend Edward Hinds, a Roman Catholic priest, was discovered lying unresponsive on the kitchen floor of the rectory. The body was discovered after the victim had failed to appear for a mass that he was scheduled to officiate that morning.  It was determined that the victim was stabbed to death.

The defendant was convicted of all charges in the indictment and the judge also found an aggravating factor which under our current jurisprudence, leaves the sentencing judge with no discretion but to sentence the defendant to life without parole on the murder charge alone.  At sentencing, the Sentencing Judge sentenced Jose Feliciano to life in prison without parole.

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