Posted Friday, July 10th, 2020
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Prosecutor’s Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimker, and Parsippany Police Chief Andrew Miller announce that two Parsippany men have been sentenced in connection with the September, 2019 death of Jaime Lopez Basilio in Parsippany.
Rogelio Laureano-Gonzalez, 26, of Parsippany, entered guilty pleas to second degree Manslaughter and second degree Hindering Apprehension before Superior Court Judge Stephen J. Taylor. On July 9, 2020, Judge Taylor imposed a sentence of 5 years in New Jersey State Prison, with 85 percent parole ineligibility.
Cirilo Rojas-Paulino, 25, of Parsippany, entered a guilty plea to third degree Hindering Apprehension before Judge Taylor. On July 9, Judge Taylor sentenced Rojas-Paulino to 291 days time-served in the Morris County Jail as a condition of two years probation.
The investigation arose from a September 9, 2019 report of a deceased male inside a home in the area of Old Bloomfield Road, Parsippany. The manner of death was determined to be Homicide. The deceased male was identified as Jaime Lopez-Basilio.
Two residents living at the residence, Laureano-Gonzalez and Rojas-Paulino, could not be immediately located. Subsequent investigation by law enforcement led to the apprehension of both individuals in California.
Prosecutor Knapp said: “The collaborative efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and California brought these defendants to justice. We are very thankful to all involved for this successful prosecution and conviction.”
Prosecutor Knapp would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Oxnard (California) Police Department, the Kern County (California) Sheriff’s Office, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.
Inquiries can be directed to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at 973-829-8159 or [email protected].