On Friday August 28, 2015 the Honorable Linda G. Baxter sentenced thirty six (36) year old defendant Lester T. Puryear, having a last known address in Lakewood Township, to a period of three hundred sixty four (364) days in the Ocean County Jail as a condition of probation for a guilty plea accepted on Monday July 13, 2015 to an indictment for the third (3RD) degree crime of Failure to Register pursuant to Megan’s Law.
This matter was prosecuted by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry of the Megan’s Law Unit of the Special Investigations Bureau and Assistant Deputy Public Defender Ernest A. Ryberg represented Puryear. Chowdhry argued that this was an appropriate sentence in light of the facts and circumstances of this case.
The crime date occurred on or about Monday March 16, 2015 out of the Township of Lakewood and the criminal complaint was initiated by Lakewood Township Police Officer Kenneth Burdge. Puryear is required to register annually and the aforementioned officer verified that the defendant had moved out from his listed address and failed to register with the Lakewood Township Police Department within ten (10) days of his intention of moving out. Puryear was arrested on May 22, 2015 and bail was set at that time of $10,000 no 10% option. Puryear has been continuously incarcerated since the date of his arrest.
Upon release from the county jail, Puryear will still have to comply with the underlying parameters of Megan’s Law and the terms and conditions of probation. Any violation of probation could potentially subject the defendant to up to five (5) years in state prison with up a to maximum $15,000 fine.
In a second unrelated case, on Friday August 28, 2015 the Honorable Linda G. Baxter sentenced thirty five (35) year old defendant Peter J. Jacobs, of Brick Township, to a period of three (3) years in New Jersey State Prison for a guilty plea accepted on Monday July 13, 2015 to the violation of third (3RD) degree Community Supervision for Life (CSL).
The matter was prosecuted by Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry of the Megan’s Law Unit of the Special Investigations Bureau and Deputy Public Defender Dawn M. Nee represented Jacobs. Chowdhry argued that this was an appropriate sentence in light of the facts and circumstances of Jacobs’ case.
The crime date occurred on or about Thursday January 16, 2015 out of the Township of Brick and the criminal complaint was initiated by Senior Parole Officer Timothy Sullivan. Jacobs was arrested in January of 2015 and bail was set at that time in the amount of $5,000 no 10% option. He has been continuously incarcerated since the date of his arrest.
The judge ordered that this sentence run concurrent to the present three (3) year state prison term that Jacobs is serving for a third (3RD) degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He is presently housed at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Delmont, New Jersey. Additionally, Jacobs has now been placed on Parole Supervision for Life (PSL). Parole Supervision for Life (PSL) became effective on Wednesday January 14, 2004. The New Jersey Legislature mandated through new laws that if a person commits a violation or violations of community supervision for life on or after Tuesday July 1, 2014 that he or she now be sentenced to and placed on a separate and distinct sentence of parole supervision for life. Moreover, this crime became upgraded to a third (3rd) degree from a fourth (4th) degree on that same date. Jacobs, once released from his prison term, will have to continue to comply with his community and parole supervision for life terms.
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