FREEHOLD – A Middlesex County man was sentenced to 14 years in a state prison by a Superior Court judge after admitting to three separate incidents last year, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Phillip Kellerman, 28, of Metuchen, was sentenced to 14 years in a New Jersey state prison by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley. Kellerman admitted he burglarized a home on Sunset Avenue in Matawan on January 13, 2016, making off with multiple pieces of jewelry. No one was at home at the time of the burglary, but it was later ascertained that Kellerman was familiar with the home because he had performed masonry work there previously.

Kellerman also admitted that on January 19, 2016, he robbed a 72-year-old Marlboro woman at knifepoint after forcing his way into her Orchard Parkway home. Kellerman demanded the victim turn over her jewelry before he ordered her into a bathroom while he searched the home for jewelry.  Finally, Kellerman admitted he robbed the Matawan Pharmacy on January 20, 2016, after he entered the premises brandishing a knife, jumped over a counter and confronted two store employees demanding Xanax pills and cash.  Kellerman took about 700 pills and $316 in cash.

Kellerman’s 14 year sentence is subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act, requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison. Kellerman pleaded guilty to one count of third degree Burglary and two counts of first degree Robbery back in September.

The case was handled by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Joshua Detzky.

Kellerman is represented by Michael Wicke, Esq., Freehold.

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