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Sussex County woman is fifth person arrested in connection with Paterson homicide

PATERSON, NJ (Passaic County) – A Sussex County woman has been arrested in connection with a homicide on May 1 in Paterson, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said.

Jenna N. Peselli, 24, of Newton was arrested on September 13 in relation to the homicide which occurred on May 1 in the area of Totowa and Redwood Avenues in Paterson. She was charged with first-degree murder, and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, Valdes said.

According to Valdes, on Saturday, May 1, at around 6:57 p.m., police were dispatched to the intersection of Totowa Avenue and Redwood Avenue in Paterson in response to a report of a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers located Jose Figueroa, 21, of Newark, lying in the street with apparent gunshot wounds.

Figueroa was immediately transported to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased, Valdes said.

The subsequent investigation revealed that the shooting was a coordinated attack involving multiple shooters in multiple locations, and that Peselli was involved in the planning and execution of the shooting including transporting the shooters to the scene of the incident, Valdes said.

Peselli surrendered to the Paterson Police Department on Monday afternoon, September 13 without incident, Valdes said.

Previously, on June 1, Chelsee Ramirez, 19, of Paterson, and a 17-year-old male, also from Paterson, were arrested; and on September 10, Ismael Leon 19, from Paterson, and a 17-year-old juvenile male from Clifton, were also arrested in connection to the homicide, Valdes said.

Peselli is currently in custody at the Passaic County Jail. The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a motion for the pre-trial detention of Peselli which will be heard by a Superior Court Judge at a date and time to be determined by the Court, Valdes said.

The crime of Murder has a sentencing range from a minimum of 30 years up to life imprisonment; and the crime of Conspiracy to Commit Murder has a sentencing range of 10 to 20 years in prison.

The investigation remains active and ongoing, Valdes said.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.

Jay Edwards

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