April 13, 2017
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced that Charles Puryear, age 31, entered guilty pleas to first-degree armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon before the Honorable William McGovern at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on April 13, 2017. Mr. Puryear’s plea agreement exposes him to a thirty (30) year prison term and sentencing is scheduled for June 2, 2017.
On December 4, 2011, Mr. Puryear and codefendant Marcus Brown entered a motel room at the Rolling Hills Motel in Wantage. Mr. Puryear was armed with a .22 Walther semi-automatic handgun and codefendant Marcus Brown was armed with a .410/.45 Cobray combination derringer. After gaining access to the room, they confronted two victims, H.H. and E.F.. Inside the room, the defendants discharged their firearms. A physical struggle ensued inside the motel room and the Defendants stole property belonging to the victims.
A witness in an adjoining room called 911 after hearing the gunshots and the New Jersey State Police responded to the scene. The Defendants were able to escape from the motel room through a back window as the New Jersey State Police arrived. Both Defendants were ultimately apprehended less than a half mile from the scene. The victims were subsequently treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Mr. Puryear was represented by Elizabeth Smith, Esq. The State was represented by First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller and Assistant Prosecutor Magdalen Czykier.