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Local Resident Gets 20 Years for Stabbing Death of Seaside Heights Man

Angelo Grenci (Photo: NJ State Corrections)

Angelo Grenci (Photo: NJ State Corrections)

A local man will serve a 20-year prison sentence for the stabbing death of a Seaside Heights man in 2020, a judge ordered this week.

Superior Court Judge Kimarie Rahill sentenced Angelo Grenci, 47, of Berkeley Township, to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison as a result of his previously-entered guilty plea to aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of Carlton Williams, 50, of Seaside Heights. The crime took place Nov. 14, 2020 in Berkeley.

According to prosecutors, Toms River and Berkeley police were called to RWJ Barnabas Community Medical Center in Toms River for a report of a male victim having been stabbed the night of the incident.

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Responding officers found the victim, Williams, with an apparent stab wound to his neck. Williams was subsequently flown to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries on Nov. 21, 2020. The medical examiner determined the cause of Williams’s death to be anoxic brain injury secondary to massive bleed from a stab to the neck, and the manner of death to be homicide.

Municipal and county detectives determined that Grenci stabbed Williams in the neck during an altercation that occurred in the area of Magnolia Avenue in the Manitou Park section of Berkeley Township at approximately 7 p.m. on Nov. 14, 2020. On November 16, 2020, SWAT team members and detectives executed a court-authorized search warrant at Grenci’s residence in Berkeley Township, at which point he was taken into custody without incident, and initially transported to and lodged in the Ocean County Jail.

Grenci has since been lodged in New Jersey State Prison where he is presently serving a sentence on an unrelated matter. According to prison records, he is serving sentences out of Monmouth County for robbery by force resulting in bodily injury, and theft by unlawful taking. Those crimes occurred on separate dates in 2015. He is being housed at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton.

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