Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III announced the sentencing of Anthony Murphy to four years in State Prison.
On April 24, 2013, defendant Anthony Murphy, 32, was convicted of Theft by Deception in the Hunterdon County Superior Court for passing bad checks drawn from an account that had been closed. The defendant applied for entry into the Drug Court Program and the Court, after finding that the defendant was an appropriate candidate, sentenced him to five years of Drug Court Probation; and also ordered him to pay restitution of $1,926 to the victim.
On June 3, 2015, Mr. Murphy pled guilty to having violated his Drug Court Probation by using drugs and failing to seek and maintain employment. On July 15th at the resentencing hearing, Assistant Prosecutor Georges P. dePompignon recommended that the Drug Court Probation be terminated for noncompliance and that the probationer be resentenced to incarceration in New Jersey State Prison.
Mr. Murphy and his attorney argued that he be given the continued opportunity to remain in the Drug Court Program. Having considered the arguments, the Honorable Angela Borkowski, J.S.C. terminated Mr. Murphy’s probation, and resentenced him to four years New Jersey State Prison.
According to Prosecutor Kearns, “This defendant had an extensive criminal history which the Court took into consideration at sentencing.”
The Prosecutor added “The Drug Court Program is an opportunity for defendants ensnared in the grips of addiction to get and stay sober while avoiding prison time. This defendant was unwilling to keep his end of the deal and will now be going back to State Prison.”