Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that Christian Rivera, 31, of Dover, was sentenced today in connection with three separate robberies of three individual victims that occurred in Rockaway Township, Wharton, and Roxbury,  all in one week in April,  2012.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp

 

Superior Court Judge Stephen J. Taylor sentenced the defendant to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. He must serve 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole.

On Sept. 22, 2015, Rivera entered guilty pleas to Judge Taylor to three, first-degree robberies.

 

 

 

  • On April 18, 2012, the defendant approached the first victim in a parking lot in Rockaway Township.  The defendant brandished a firearm and subsequently took the victim’s engagement ring.
  • On April 24, 2012, defendant approached the second victim at the Wharton Shop Rite.  The defendant brandished a firearm and demanded that the victim give him her engagement ring. The defendant was not successful in his attempt.
  • On April 25, 2012, the defendant approached the third victim at the Succasunna Shop Rite. The defendant brandished a firearm and subsequently took the victim’s engagement ring.

Assistant  Prosecutor  Stephen G. Bollenbach represented the State during the prosecution of this matter.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Rockaway Township Police Department, Wharton Police Department, Roxbury Police Department, Denville Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the General Investigations Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for their efforts on these cases.

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at [email protected] or (973) 285-6262.