Long Branch Teen Indicted on Murder and Armed Robbery Charges
A Long Branch Teen faces most of his life in prison for a violent 24-hour crime spree last year that resulted in the death of one of his victims. A Monmouth County Grand Jury handed up a seven-count indictment against 18-year-old Dante Strong. He's charged with first degree Murder, two counts of first degree Armed Robbery, second degree unlawful Possession of a Weapon and second degree possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
According to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, the charges stem from an armed robbery of two individuals in a vehicle on September 20, 2013 in the area of Central and Ellis Avenues in Long Branch. They're also connected to a shooting on Liberty Street in the city where officers found an unconscious, bleeding victim on a front porch who later died at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.
Strong was arrested on October 3, 2013 for the robbery incident and charged with the Murder on November 7, 2013. He's been in the Monmouth County Correctional facility on $1,450,000 cash only bail since his arrest.
If convicted of murder, strong could face 30 years to life in New Jersey State Prison under the No Early Release Act. He also faces up to 20 years for each of the robbery counts and 10 years for the weapons charges.
Strong has an arraignment on the charges within 45 days.