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Posted Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Morris County Prosecutor's logoVirginia Vertetis, 55, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison after being found guilty of murdering a Staten Island man with whom she had a previous relationship. Vertetis is required to serve 30 years without the possibility of parole.

The prosecution of this matter was handled by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

“This is the worst of crimes,” said Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Troiano during the sentencing of Virginia Vertetis before Judge Stephen Taylor in state Superior Court in Morristown.  Troiano, who was the lead prosecutor in the case, added that, “This type of violence is … permanent in every sense of the word.”

Vertetis was convicted by a Morris County jury on April 3 on the first degree charge of Murder and the second degree charge of Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

This incident was first reported to police just before 10 p.m. on March 3, 2014, when officers with the Mount Olive Police Department responded to 2 Apollo Way in the Flanders section of the township after a 911 call by the victim’s daughter.

Authorities found the body of Patrick Gilhuley immediately inside the front entrance of Vertetis’ home.  Gilhuley was pronounced dead at the scene and Vertetis was arrested shortly afterwards. The investigation revealed that Vertetis fatally shot the victim within her home.

“The jury reached the just and proper verdict, and the defendant has now been sentenced for the senseless murder of Patrick Gilhuley,” Prosecutor Knapp said. “It is our genuine hope that this will bring some sense of closure to his family.”

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the agencies that participated in the investigation that led to Vertetis’ conviction, including the Mount Olive Police Department, the Criminal Investigation Section of the Morris County  Sheriff’s Office, The Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, the New Jersey State Police office of Forensic Sciences, and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

For further information, contact Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at [email protected] or a (973) 828-8159.