FLEMINGTON, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A Connecticut man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide, according to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III.
Joe A. Holmes, 58, of Willimantic was sentenced n October 26, by the Honorable Angela Borkowski, J.S.C., to six years in state prison. He will also be subject to three years of post-incarceration parole upon his release. His license was suspended for a period of ten years which is to begin after he completes his state prison term.
Holmes was arrested on December 26, 2017, after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 202 and Summer Road in Readington Township. The driver of second vehicle, Wilson A. Sumbana, 57, of South Bound Brook, was killed in the crash. Holmes was also charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving, Kearns said.
On June 21, Holmes was indicted by a Hunterdon County Grand Jury for one count of second-degree vehicular homicide and later pled guilty to that charge on August 24, Kearns said.
“Mr. Holmes was struggling with issues in his life and sought to handle them in the wrong way, leading to this tragic consequence. Despite Mr. Holmes being sentenced to 6 years in state prison we recognize that no amount of time the defendant serves will diminish the grief and emotional pain suffered by Mr. Sumbana’s family and friends. We extend our sincere condolences for their loss and hope this sentence will help to bring some closure during this difficult time,” Kearns said.