A stabbing in the parking lot of a busy Brick Township supermarket has earned a Seaside Heights man a seven-year term in state prison.
Superior Court Judge Kimarie Rahill on Tuesday sentenced Michael Stallworth, 35, of Seaside Heights, to seven years in state prison as a result of his previously-entered guilty plea to aggravated assault, in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred in the parking lot of the ShopRite supermarket on July 26, 2021.
Brick police officers were called to the parking lot of the ShopRite on Route 70 in Brick in response to a male victim having been stabbed in the parking lot around 4 p.m. the day of the incident. Responding Officers found a 44-year-old male victim with apparent stab wounds to his back. The victim was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he was treated for his injuries and released.
An investigation by a number of county and local agencies rapidly identified Stallworth as the perpetrator, with a warrant having been issued for his arrest later that day. Originally a fugitive from justice, Stallworth surrendered himself to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division on Aug. 29, 2021, and was initially lodged in the Ocean County Jail. Stallworth is presently lodged in the Essex County Correctional Facility, serving a sentence on a federal violation of probation.