February 15, 2017
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the entry of a guilty plea to an accusation and two indictments before the Honorable William J. McGovern III, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on February 15, 2017, by Lawrence Hill.
Hill, age 50 of Sussex, pled guilty to Theft by Deception, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, two counts of Conspiracy and four counts of Burglary, all third degree crimes. Sentencing is presently anticipated for April 7, 2017.
In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to conspiring with two other individuals to participate in a scheme to steal funds and actually steal funds in an amount greater than $500 from Lakeland Bank.
He also admitted to conspiring with another person to and agreeing to burglarize U.S. Gas and Sam’s Dollar Discount in Sussex Borough and T.J.’s Pizza in Wantage Township in June 2016. Hill also admitted that on June 28, 2016, entering and attempting to steal cars at T&A Elite Auto Sales in Wantage Township. He also admitted to taking a pick-up truck on January 18, 2017, in Wantage Township without the owner’s permission and thereafter receiving a van that he knew was stolen.
The cases were investigated by Troopers Rush, Bentacourt, Nugnes, Thomas and DSgt. Krisanda of the New Jersey State Police.
Hill was represented by William Oake, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.