Elizabeth Man Pleads Guilty To Fatally Stabbing Girlfriend

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ELIZABETH – A city man admitted that he stabbed his girlfriend to death in 2010, authorities announced

Bertin Rodriguez-Reyes, a.k.a. Bryan Rodriguez, pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter on Thursday for the Oct. 24, 2010 death of his girlfriend, 20-year old Jackeline Guillen of Elizabeth, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.

The investigation revealed that Rodriguez-Reyes and the victim were boyfriend-girlfriend and were living together, said Assistant Prosecutor Julie A. Peterman who prosecuted the case. However, the victim was in the process of breaking up with Rodriguez-Reyes, according to authorities. The night of the homicide, after Guillen’s new boyfriend brought her home, Rodriguez-Reyes stabbed her to death. Detectives, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals, tracked Rodriguez-Reyes and arrested him three days after the homicide in Lakewood.

The defendant pled guilty with a sentencing recommendation of 20 years, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Rodriguez-Reyes is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 14, 2012. He is an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who is expected to be deported following his sentence, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The case was investigated initially by Det. Steve Francisco then Detective Kevin Grimmer and was supervised by Sgt. Jorge Jiminez.

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