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Release* †† ††††††Date: August 12, 2009
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* †† ††††††Date: August 12, 2009
††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that
††††††††† Joshua Burgos, (DOB 7/13/87) of Longfellow Road, North Brunswick was convicted of the attempted murder of his intended victim, who was not injured, and was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit an aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
A jury deliberated about two hours over two days before reaching its verdict, following a trial that began August 4, 2009.
the trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor
two men were at a party at the home of the defendantís cousin, Angel Valentin,
(DOB 10/4/88) of
investigation by Perth Amboy Detective Mabner Terron and members of the
Middlesex County Gangs, Guns and Drugs Task Force determined that
During the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Weiss, who is also assigned to the task force, presented testimony and evidence showing Dennis, who is the uncle of Rodriguez, was standing outside his home with Rodriguez at 4:06 a.m. when two shots were fired from a black BMW.
was struck in the abdomen and left leg. He was rushed to
the actual shooter has never been identified, police arrested and charged eight
All of his co-defendants later pleaded guilty to a charge of armed rioting and have been sentenced.
Clifford Russell VanDyke, (DOB 7/9/87) of Middlesex Borough; Luis Otero, (DOB
In addition, Andrew Hoffman, (DOB 5/3/88) of Piscataway, and Kevin Oliveras, (DOB5/7/89) of the Parlin section of Sayreville, were each placed on probation for five years, while Jorge Vasquez, (DOB 2/29/88) was placed on probation for four years.