NEW BRUNSWICK – A South Amboy man pleaded guilty to a count of murder and four counts of attempted murder today, admitting that he fatally stabbed his live-in companion and stabbed four children, ranging in age from 7 to 12.
Daniel Charron, 49, also pleaded guilty to a count of sexual assault, admitting he improperly touched a child under the age of 13, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced.
Charron was arrested and charged following an investigation that began after a number of 911 calls to South Amboy police on December 1, 2007 at 11:44 p.m.
Police, responding to a Henry Street home in South Amboy, found Myra Morrissey, 38, and the children had been stabbed. They were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where Morrissey, who suffered stab wounds to the chest and back, was pronounced dead at 12:54 a.m. The children since have recovered from their injuries.
Charron waived his right to trial and pleaded guilty following negotiations with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Julie Davidson.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Charron will be sentenced to a New Jersey state prison term of 30 years on the murder charge and must serve the full term.
He also will be sentenced to 10 years on each of the remaining counts and must serve at least 85 percent of the term without a chance for parole, but that penalty will be served concurrently to the murder count.
If he completes his prison term, he faces parole supervision for at least 15 years.
Charron is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 1, 2010 by Superior Court Judge James Mulvihill at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.
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