Friday, July 19, 2013

Ventnor Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Murder of Galloway Teen

MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor man was sentenced to 30 years in state prison for the murder of a 15-year-old boy nearly 23 years ago, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced today.
Last month, Steven L. Goff, now 41, of Hillside Avenue, entered a guilty plea to the charge of first-degree aggravated manslaughter for the murder of Frederick Hart, 15, of Galloway Township.

On May 8, 1990, Hart was fatally stabbed by Goff multiple times with a knife in the woods behind a residential neighborhood in Galloway Township.
On May 9, 1990, the day after the murder, Hart was reported missing.
In December of 1991, over a year and a half later, a hunter discovered human remains in the woods, which were later positively identified as Hart. The cause of death was unable to be determined from the remains.
On the morning of April 1, Goff turned himself in to the Galloway Township Police Department and was subsequently charged with murder and weapons offenses.
During his plea, Goff confessed to the Court that while “in a rage” he stabbed Hart three times – once in the neck and twice in the torso.
In accordance with the plea agreement, Superior Court Judge Michael Donio sentenced Goff to a 30-year New Jersey State Prison sentence, of which he must serve 15 years before becoming eligible for parole. The date of the commission of the crime pre-dates the No Early Release Act (NERA), which would have required the defendant to serve 85-percent of the sentence before parole eligibility.


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