NEW BRUNSWICK — A Monroe man has been sentenced to serve 30 years in a New Jersey state prison with no chance of parole for fatally stabbing his neighbor in her home more than two years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.
In addition, Warren Burkey, 34, will be placed on parole for five years after he completes his 30-year prison sentence under the term handed down on Nov. 27 in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Toto.
The sentence was imposed after Burkey pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to one count of murder, admitting he took two knives from the kitchen of the home of Theresa Wysokowski, 48, stabbed her multiple times, intended to kill her, and caused her death on May 7, 2010.
Burkey had been a warehouse worker who lived next door to the victim.
The guilty plea was entered during a hearing at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick after an agreement was reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Mannion.
An investigation into the homicide began when police were alerted by a 911 call from the victim’s Perrineville Road home. Wysokowski was pronounced dead at the scene.
An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that the victim died from multiple stab wounds.
Burkey was charged during the investigation by Detective Griffin Banos of the Monroe Police Department and Investigator Adrian Villegas of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation determined that about a month prior to the homicide, Burkey began renting a room from the victim’s mother, who owns the house next door to Wysokowski’s residence.
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