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Department: Prosecutor's Office

Press Release - Sentencing of Richard Decker

Release Date: October 30, 2020

October 30, 2020
     Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the sentencing of Richard Decker, who appeared before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on October 29, 2020.
     Decker, age 32, of Vernon was sentenced to 3 years flat in New Jersey State Prison.  He received credit for 393 days already served.    The defendant was ordered to have no contact with victims, farms or stables, all weapons/computers seized are forfeited.  He was ordered to pay $1405.00 in fines and fees and $1,887.67 in restitution.
     He pled guilty on April 27, 2020 to Possession of a Destructive Device, a second degree crime,  Manufacturing a Firearm, a fourth degree crime, Endangering the Welfare of Child-Pornography, a third degree crime, Attempted Animal Cruelty, a fourth degree crime, Criminal Mischief, a third degree offense, and Cyber Harassment, a fourth degree crime.  
     The defendant possessed a destructive device with the intent to use it unlawfully against another or the property of another and manufactured a firearm without being licensed to do so.  He also possessed, under his control, less than 1,000 items depicting the sexual exploitation of a child and attempted to procure or use an animal or creature to initiate an act of sexual contact.  Finally, Decker caused damage to the property of another by purposefully leaving homemade tire deflation devices on another’s property, and, through an online capacity, threatened to commit a crime against another.  
     The case was investigated by the High Tech Crimes Unit of the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of Assistant Prosecutor, Magdalen Czykier,  and with the assistance of the Vernon Township Police Department, New Jersey State Police- Sussex Barracks, New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit, New Jersey State Police Hazardous Material Unit, New Jersey State Police- K9 Unit, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI.  
Decker was represented by Lawrence H. Kleiner, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.