FREEHOLD – A Whiting man has been charged in connection with an April shots fired incident in Marlboro, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

At approximately 3:37 a.m. on April 7, 2020, the Marlboro Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the in the area of Dutch Lane near Moore Road.  There were no reported injuries.  A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office and Marlboro Police Department revealed that on the morning of April 7th a weapon was fired multiple times from a vehicle, leaving projectiles in a residence and vehicle located at 59 Dutch Lane Road. Subsequent investigation led to the identification of the discharged weapon belonging to Joseph M. Galli, 27, of Whiting, although Galli had no connection to the residents of that home.

On July 15, 2020, Galli was located at his job in Burlington County and then later arrested at the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.  Galli has been charged with the second degree crimes of Aggravated Assault, Possession of Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun and Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons.

Galli is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) in Freehold Township pending a detention hearing tentatively scheduled for July 22, 2020 before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon.

The investigation was the product of the collective efforts of members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Marlboro Police Department, Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and Pemberton Police Department.

If convicted of any of the firearms offenses, Galli faces a sentence of five to ten years in prison subject to the provisions of the Graves Act, requiring him to serve a mandatory 42 months in state prison before becoming eligible for release on parole.  His maximum exposure on the Aggravated Assault charge is 10 years, subject to the “No Early Release Act (N.E.R.A.),” which would require him to serve 85% of any sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

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