On Friday, April 8, 2016, the Honorable Melanie S. Appleby, J.S.C., sentenced Thomas J. Scalgione, 44, having a last known address in Manahawkin of Stafford Township, to a period of three hundred sixty four (364) days in the Ocean County Jail. The Court sentenced the defendant to the term of incarceration on the violation of probation and negatively terminated his probation, as explained below on the indictable convictions Community Supervision for Life (CSL) will continue and a new term of Parole Supervision for Life (PSL) is now imposed.
Scalgione entered a guilty plea on December 21, 2015, to the following multiple indictable convictions: Guilty pleas to a third (3rd) degree Community Supervision for Life (CSL) violation and a guilty plea to a fourth (4th) degree Unlawful Possession of a Police Intercept Device (scanner), Guilty plea to another third (3rd) degree Community Supervision for Life violation, lastly, he entered a guilty plea to additional violation of probation today with the underlying crimes being a third (3rd) degree theft by deception and a fourth (4th) degree Community Supervision for Life violation.
This matter was prosecuted by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry of the Megan’s Law Unit of the Special Investigations Bureau. Assistant Deputy Public Defender Ernest A. Ryberg represented the defendant. Assistant Prosecutor Chowdhry argued for the term of incarceration citing that the defendant has a high risk of committing a new offense, has a lengthy criminal record and the need for deterring this defendant from violating the law, all of which the Court agreed.
The crime date for the first CSL indictment occurred on or about Tuesday, December 23, 2014 out of Stafford Township and the second CSL indictment occurred on or about Monday, April 20, 2015 out of Stafford Township. Senior Parole Officer Michael Cullen was responsible for initiating the complaints and charges for the defendant. Essentially, the defendant violated conditions of CSL by unlawfully accessing social media sites and by possessing illicit materials. Additionally, the defendant was unlawfully in possession of a cache of police intercept scanners.
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