Old Bridge man guilty in homicide

Middlesex County jurors convicted an Old Bridge man today for fatally stabbing a 63-year-old man in his Sayreville condominium .

Robert McGranahan, 29, of Old Bridge was found guilty of aggravated manslaughter and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the death on March 9, 2013 of Edward Demko Jr. of Sayreville.

McGranahan faces a prison term of 10 to 30 years when he is sentenced in New Brunswick on February 6, 2017 by Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves. The defendant will be required to serve 85 percent of the prison term before he becomes eligible for parole.

McGranahan was convicted by a jury that deliberated in New Brunswick for 2 ½ days.

During a four-week trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Scott LaMountain presented evidence and testimony showing the defendant was invited to Demko’s home on Giera Court in Sayreville and stabbed the victim 22 times.

An investigation by Sgt. Thomas Cassidy of the Sayreville Police Department and Sgt. Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that the defendant and the victim were acquaintances and that the stabbing was not a random act.

Demko’s LinkedIn page listed him as a project manager for Sears Home Services and his Facebook page listed him as a graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

According to his Facebook profile, McGranahan, who was on probation for a 2011 conviction at the time of his arrest in 2013, was working on a book “about a young kid who grows up in a saddening world that grows up to be the very thing that he hates the most.”

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