Asbury Park Teens Charged with Murdering Brick Township Robbery Victim
The two Asbury Park teens accused of mugging and robbing a Brick Township man last Saturday morning are now charged with killing him.
Spencer S. Young, 19, and a 17-year-old male are charged with felony murder in the aftermath of Thomas Sudano's death, according to information from acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Grammiccioni.
Young and his co-defendant are accused of punching and kicking Sudano into unconsciousness, and taking personal items from him. They had originally faced robbery charges, but the counts were upgraded to include murder following a coroner's examination.
The 35-year-old victim lost his struggle for life in late Tuesday at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he was rushed by police who responded to a 911 call from the Asbury Park Gardens apartment complex. Autopsy results determined that Sundano died from the injuries he endured during the beating.
Both defendants are in custody, Young at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold in lieu of $1,000,000 bail, and the juvenile in the hands of juvenile detention authorities.
The murder charges carry a maximum life sentence on conviction. The first-degree robbery counts carry prison terms as high as 20 years if found guilty at trial. Both are subject to New Jersey's No Early Release Act, which requires that 85 percent of the given sentences be completed before parole eligibility.
Grammiccioni is urging anyone who has information about the incident to contact Detective Edwin Hennelly, 800-533-7443; or Asbury Park Police Detective Steven Ramseur, 732-502-4587.