OFFENDER SENTENCED FOR IGNORING REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT
On Friday (3/11), the Honorable Melanie D. Appleby, J.S.C., sentenced Melton L. Mincey, 55, having a last known address in the Borough of Seaside Heights, to a period of 364 days in the Ocean County Justice Facility as a result of guilty pleas he entered on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, for the third (3rd) degree crime of failing to register pursuant to Megan’s Law and for the third (3rd) degree crime of possession of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine). In addition to the term of incarceration, part of his sentence is to continue his obligations to register once released and following all guidelines of probation imposed on him.
This matter was prosecuted by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry of the Megan’s Law Unit. Assistant Deputy Public Defender Ernest A. Ryberg represented the defendant. AP Chowdhry argued for a three (3) year New Jersey State Prison term and argued that this was an appropriate sentence in light of the facts and circumstances of this case, the defendant’s risk to commit another offense, his prior criminal record and the need for general and individual deterrence.
The crime date for the failure to register occurred on or about July 29, 2015 in the Borough of Seaside Heights. Seaside Heights Borough Detective Lawrence Mayberry initiated that complaint. The crime date for the possession of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine) occurred on or about August 10, 2015 in the Borough of Seaside Heights. Seaside Heights Patrolman Andrew Leahy initiated that complaint. Mincey has been continuously incarcerated since his second arrest. The defendant knowingly failed to register his current address with the Borough of Seaside Heights Police Department 10 days prior to the change of his address.
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