Release* Date: August 15, 2011
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: August 15, 2011
Anthony K. Cole, (DOB 8/18/85) of Woolworth Avenue in South Plainfield, was found guilty on August 12, 2011, of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and hindering his apprehension or prosecution.
A jury sitting in
prohibited from having a weapon, since he previously was found guilty and
sentenced to a five-year term for committing an aggravated sexual assault in
Cole, who remains in custody, is scheduled to be sentenced
to up to 26˝ years in a
During a two-week trial that began on August 2, 2011, Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet presented evidence and testimony linking Cole to the attack on September 7, 2009, upon David Donatelli, 53.
said an investigation by the South Plainfield Police Department showed that
Cole approached Donatelli from behind and cut his neck with a knife at
Donatelli, who was working for the borough’s public works department, was shutting off park lights at the end of the borough’s Labor Day celebration when he was attacked shortly before 8:48 p.m.
was taken to
During the investigation, police recovered a pair of gloves. Testing revealed the victim’s blood was on the outside of the gloves, and Cole’s DNA was retrieved from the inside of each glove.
Cole subsequently was arrested and charged on December 16, 2009.
Kuberiet credited the South Plainfield Police Department with gathering the evidence and building the case that led to Cole’s arrest and conviction.