FREEHOLD –   An Asbury Park man was sentenced Friday to 17 years in prison for the death of a 19-year-old Neptune man announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Tyreek Williams, 24, of Asbury Park, pleaded guilty in December to first degree Aggravated Manslaughter, in connection with the 2015 stabbing death of Prize R. Johnson.

On the first degree Aggravated Manslaughter, Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley, J.S.C., sentenced Williams to 17 years in state prison, subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act (NERA).  This sentence requires Williams to serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for release on parole. Once released, Williams will be on parole supervision for a period of five years.

Asbury Park police responded to a 911 call around 9:58 p.m. on Monday Jan. 5, 2015, reporting a person had been stabbed on Ridge Avenue before arriving at the apartment.  Johnson was found inside Building 1, Apartment 53, at the Washington Village apartments, 1259 Washington Avenue, where he died from his injuries and was pronounced dead at 10:29 p.m.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Asbury Park Police Department was immediately launched into the incident.  Based upon the investigation, police determined Williams encountered the victim on the 400 block of Ridge Avenue where an altercation occurred culminating with the fatal stabbing of Johnson.  With the assistance of friends, the victim made his way back to Apartment 53 in Washington Village, where he died from his injuries.

The case was prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Christopher Decker and Katherine Butler.

Williams is represented by John Goins of Elizabeth, New Jersey

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