press release February 15, 2013
WOODBURY NJ--Aaron A. Cook (DOB 5/25/76), of 215 Second St., Swedesboro NJ pleaded guilty today to second-degree aggravated assault against a 30-year-old Pittsgrove NJ man, admitting he slammed him to the ground during an encounter in Woolwich Township NJ on June 9, 2011, which broke the victim’s neck.
“Is that how he got paralyzed from the waist down?” asked Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson. “Do you have any reason to dispute that?”
“No ma’am,” Cook replied.
As a result of the plea, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Joseph Brook will recommend that Cook be sentenced to five years in New Jersey state prison and that he be ineligible for parole for 85 percent of the sentence. That is four years, three months and one day. Cook also will be ordered to make restitution for the victim’s injuries. Judge Allen-Jackson set sentencing for May 3. Cook remains free on bail until then.
Cook was arrested June 16, 2011 after the victim’s girlfriend found him along Kings Highway where the two agreed to meet. The victim believed Cook had stolen tattooing equipment from him. Woolwich Township police, working with the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s fugitive unit and Woodbury police, located the defendant at a Woodbury residence using data from an automated license plate reader system that identified a car belonging to an acquaintance of Cook.