Perth Amboy Man Admits Killing Wife

NEW BRUNSWICK — A Perth Amboy man will be sentenced to a 30-year prison term after admitting he fatally beat his wife, whose body was dumped in Virginia two years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.

Franklin Camacho Jr., 42, will be sentenced to the prison term on May 29 at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick, after pleading guilty on March 22 to a count of murder in the death of Leonilda L. Caceres, 45, of Perth Amboy.

Under the terms of a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Neil Casey, the defendant must serve the full 30-year prison term before he can be released on parole.

The guilty plea was entered during a hearing before Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Paone.

During the hearing, Camacho admitted striking the victim numerous times in the head with a mini sledgehammer.

An investigation by Detective Ralph Pineiro of the Perth Amboy Police Department and Investigator Eleazar Ricardo of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office led to the arrest of Camacho, who was apprehended on the New Jersey Turnpike by the New Jersey State Police on Jan. 21, 2010, as he was returning from Virginia.

During a search of Camacho’s vehicle, police recovered the mini sledgehammer, some of the victim’s clothing, and a trash can lid. The victim’s blood was found on the clothing and the lid.

The investigation began after a missing persons report was filed on Caceres. After obtaining a search warrant, police examined the victim’s apartment.

Authorities in Prince William County, Va. contacted Middlesex County investigators, reporting that the body of a woman, matching the description of Caceres, was recovered from a trashcan at approximately 8 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2010.

An autopsy performed by authorities in Virginia revealed that Ms. Caceres was the victim of a homicide and died from blunt force trauma to her head.

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