Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato today announced the Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment in the case of State v. Daniele RomeodiSantillo, 27, Hector Calderon, 48, and Eric Prosniewski, 45. The indictment charges Calderon and RomeodiSantillo with murder, conspiracy, and weapons charges. The Grand Jury also found special aggravating factors applicable to the murder charge. Additionally, the Grand Jury returned a true bill of indictment against RomeodiSantillo and Prosniewski for hindering and conspiracy to hinder. A copy of the indictments is attached to this release.

The indictments stem from a joint investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit, Jackson Township Police, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI into the shooting death of Peyman Sanandaji, 34, of Jackson, New Jersey. On the evening of April 9, 2015, Jackson Township Police responded to Casanova Restorante located at 10 South New Prospect Road, Jackson, just after 11 pm on a report of an injured employee. Upon their arrival, the responding officers found the body of Peyman Sanandaji within the establishment. Mr. Sanandaji had succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.

The responding Jackson Township Officers immediately secured the scene and called for the OCPO Major Crimes Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI and the Ocean County Medical Examiner to respond. The subsequent investigation revealed that the victim was allegedly shot during the course of an altercation with Hector Calderon. Having identified Calderon, the investigation quickly shifted to locating and apprehending him.

Calderon’s residence was identified as 35 South Street, Apartment B, in Freehold Borough, New Jersey. OCPO Detectives John Murphy and John Carroll responded to the residence, along with the Freehold Borough Police, and took Calderon into custody without incident within hours of the shooting death.

RomeodiSantillo was arrested on April 17, 2015 when the continuing investigation revealed that he was also present at the time of the murder and that the shooting took place during the course of a meeting between RomeodiSantillo, Calderon and the victim.

Finally on May 14, 2015, Eric Prosniewski was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension for giving detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office false, deceptive and misleading information in connection with the murder investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by            Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Michael Weatherstone.

The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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