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Three sentenced to prison in connection with 2018 home invasion robbery in Victory Gardens

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Three men have been sentenced to prison in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred on the evening of Oct. 21, 2018 in Victory Gardens, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp said in a news release Friday.

Victor Hernandez, 20, and Marlon Martinez, 24, both from Rockaway Borough were each sentenced on Sept. 6 to three years in state prison subject to the eighty-five percent parole ineligibility requirements of the no early release act, Knapp said.

Hernandez and Martinez had both entered separate guilty pleas on Feb. 11 to one count of second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, Knapp said.

Carlos Rodriguez, 22, of Victory Gardens was previously sentenced on March 29 to five years in state prison subject to the eighty-five percent parole ineligibility requirements of the no early release act, Knapp said.

Rodriguez entered a guilty plea on Feb. 27 to one count of first-degree robbery, Knapp said.

The investigation revealed that the defendants entered a residence through a closed, but unlocked, front door during the evening hours. The residence was occupied by the leaseholder and two guests, Knapp said.

Hernandez and Martinez both acknowledged during their guilty pleas that they were armed with weapons, specifically metal pipes, and that they had agreed with Rodriguez and one another to enter the residence to commit theft, Knapp said.

Rodriguez acknowledged during his guilty plea that he entered the residence with the two other males, both of whom were armed with metal pipes. Rodriguez further acknowledged that he stole a safe and metal chains from the residence while Hernandez and Martinez used the metal pipes to threaten the victims, Knapp said.

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