NEW BRUNSWICK – A Superior Court judge sentenced a South Amboy man to 30 years in prison for murdering his live-in girlfriend and the attempted murder of four children, three of which belonged to him.
Daniel Charron, 50, pleaded guilty in November to murdering Myra Morrissey, 38, and the attempted murder of four children, aged 7 through 12. The three youngest children belonged to Charron, while the 12-year-old was Morrissey’s. Charron also admitted he sexually assaulted a young child.
Police received two 911 calls just before midnight on Dec. 1, 2007. One was from a neighbor who found Morrissey’s injured daughter after she fled the home. The second came from Charron, who said that someone had broken into the house and attacked the family. Charron later admitted that he was responsible for the crime.
According to prosecutors, Charron stabbed Morrissey nine times with a carving knife. He also stabbed and slashed the children; two required surgery after the attack.
Charron must serve the full 30 years before becoming eligible for parole on the murder charge, though he will be credited for the two years he’s already been in jail. Under the plea deal Charron reached with prosecutors, the sentences for attempted murder and sexual assault will run concurrently with the murder sentence. He was ordered to spend the final ten years of his sentence at the state facility for sex offenders in Avenel.
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