Posted Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Donald Ebert, 58, of Livingston, has been sentenced to seven years in state prison, including three years of parole ineligibility, on charges of second degree unlawful possession of a weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a domestic dispute that occurred in Morristown.

Prosecutor 2The sentencing occurred in Superior Court in Morristown on Friday, Nov. 18, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations John Speirs.

Ebert pleaded guilty to the charges in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on Feb. 1, 2013 in Morristown, and which involved his former girlfriend. The defendant admitted to illegally possessing a handgun and striking the victim in the head with the gun, causing a wound to the back of her head. During the incident, Ebert admitted that the gun discharged twice.

The victim was left at the Morristown Medical Center where she received medical treatment for her wound. Ebert fled and was later apprehended at his home in Livingston, where he barricaded himself inside for nearly six hours.  Numerous police departments responded to the scene. After several hours of negotiation with the Livingston Police Department, Ebert was apprehended.

Prosecutor Fredric Knapp

Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Morristown, Florham Park, East Hanover, Livingston and Belleville police departments,  plus the West Orange First Aid Squad, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence Unit for their efforts leading to this prosecution.

“Domestic violence is an extremely serious problem in our society,” said Knapp. “This office will continue protecting victims of domestic violence, ensuring their rights are protected and that perpetrators of abhorrent acts such as this defendant are prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.”

Inquiries should be directed to Prosecutor’s Public Information Officer Paul Merkler at [email protected]. or 973-285-6215.