NEW BRUNSWICK — A Perth Amboy man has been sentenced to serve 30 years in prison for fatally beating his wife, whose body was dumped in Virginia two years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.
Franklin Camacho Jr., 43, was ordered on May 29 to serve the term without parole. The sentence was reduced by 859 days he has spent in custody since he was arrested and charged with killing Leonilda L. Caceres, 45, of Perth Amboy.
Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone, sitting in New Brunswick, said the defendant will be placed on parole supervision for five years after he completes his prison term.
The sentence was imposed after Camacho pleaded guilty on March 22 to a count of murder.
Camacho was sentenced in accordance with a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Neil Casey.
During a hearing on the guilty plea, 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 Caceres was the victim of a homicide and died from blunt force trauma to her head.
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