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Deptford man gets 6 yrs NJSP in assault that brain-damages victim


Kenneth Jernegan (DOB 7/7/60), of 1929 Pasadena Ave., Deptford Township NJ was sentenced today to six years in New Jersey state prison after pleading guilty to second degree aggravated assault in the Aug. 23, 2010 beating of a 28-year-old Wildwood NJ man  who was left brain-damaged and wheelchair-bound.


Under his plea agreement with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office,  Jernegan must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. His sentence was imposed by Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson.


Jernegan, an adult neighbor and the neighbor’s juvenile son were charged with assaulting the victim, who had a dating relationship with neighbor Dennis McCall’s 22-year-old daughter.   Witnesses told investigators Jernegan wielded a  two by four and subsequently a tree branch, striking the victim in the head several times outside the defendants’ homes.


The victim, Antonio Negron, was transported to Cooper Medical Center’s trauma and was in a coma for several weeks. Jernegan was ordered today to pay $59,990 in restitution for Negron’s medical bills.


Codefendant Dennis McCall  ((DOB 1/10/63) of 1930 Pasadena Ave., pleaded guilty to third-degree aggravated assault and was sentenced on Sept. 14 to 364 days in the Gloucester County Jail and three years on probation.  His son, 



Matthew, who was 17 at the time of the assault but was waived into adult court, was sentenced to two years on probation for aggravated assault.