A Long Branch man who fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend and trying to escape from police custody has been sentenced to 35-years in prison on the charge of Aggravated Manslaughter, Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni announced on Friday.

Bryan Cordero-Castro, 22, texted and called his ex-girlfriend 230 times in the span of 9-hours on September 8, 2018 before he went on a mission to find her by going to a couple different homes before returning to his original stop on Van Pelt Place where 16-year old Madison Wells had agreed to speak with him.

A few minutes later, she stumbled back into her house where she collapsed on the floor from a stab wound to her chest.

Long Branch Police Officers and EMS were dispatched to the home where they found Wells on the living room floor.

She was transported to Monmouth Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Branch Police Department determined that Cordero-Castro and Madison began dating in November 2017.

Madison had recently ended the relationship prior to her death.

Cordero-Castro was arrested at his cousin’s residence on Morris Avenue in Long Branch about 2 hours after the murder but at the Long Branch Police Department, he tried to escape by jumping up and trying to run out of the booking room.

He was quickly stopped by Detective Sergeant Brendan Cahill and Officer Evan Morell.

Cordero-Castro must serve 30 years in prison for Aggravated Manslaughter, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act,” requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole.

He received an additional 5 years in prison, consecutive to the Aggravated Manslaughter, on the Escape charge.

The case was handled by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Tara Wilson and Stephanie Dugan.

Cordero-Castro is represented by Adam Mitchell, Esq. of Freehold.


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