February 13, 2018
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the entry of a guilty plea to an accusation before the Honorable N. Peter Conforti, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on February 13, 2018 by Edward Bochinski.
Bochinski, age 34, of Sussex, pled guilty to Strict Liability for Drug Induced Death, a first degree crime. He also pled guilty, in an addition matter, to third degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Sentencing is presently scheduled for April 6, 2018.
In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to distributing or dispensing heroin to an individual in Wantage Township on August 21, 2015, whose death was the result of ingesting the heroin. He also admitted to being in possession of heroin when stopped by Sparta Police for a motor vehicle violation in January of 2018.
Bochinski was represented by Joseph Bell, Esq. and Elizabeth Smith, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.