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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: February 28, 2013
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: February 28, 2013
††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that
††††††††† Luis Padilla (DOB 4/4/83) was found guilty of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon in the fatal shooting November 23, 2010 of Kevin Meisnest, 25.
Padilla, who has remained in custody since his arrest shortly after the murder, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 29, 2013 to up to life in prison with no chance of parole until he completes 85 percent of the term.
jury sitting at the Middlesex County Courthouse in
a trial that began on February 4, 2013, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor
Michael Weiss presented evidence and testimony showing Padilla, who was a
friend of the victim, shot Mr. Meisnest five times in his apartment at
investigation by Detective Frank Varga of the Edison Police Department and Investigator
Brian Gilmurray and Investigator Michael Daniewicz, both of the Middlesex County
Prosecutorís Office, determined that Padilla went to a relativeís home in
was brought to a precinct station in
Police began the investigation after receiving a phone call on November 24, 2010 from Mr. Meisnestís employer, who was concerned when Mr. Meisnest, a tow truck driver, failed to report for work.