press release September 30
WOODUBRY NJ--Acknowledging that he stabbed his then-girlfriend multiple times during an argument on 6/22/11, Jacob Rodriguez (DOB 11/9/76), a Woodbury resident then, pleaded guilty today (9/30) to attempted murder and two counts of endangering the victim’s two young children when he fled after the attack.
“You were in a jealous rage. Is that correct?” defense attorney Bruce Warren asked Rodriguez, who replied affirmatively.
. “I just stabbed her,” Rodriguez said as his sobbing victim watched in the courtroom. The 28-year-old West Deptford resident was accompanied by a member of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office victim-witness unit.
“In that moment, your intent was to kill her?” Warren asked in laying out a factual basis for the guilty plea. Rodriguez said yes.
Present in the victim’s West Deptford apartment were a two-year-old child he and the victim had together and a four year-old who was the victim’s child, Rodriguez said. He acknowledged he left the children when he fled and there was no other adult in the apartment but the woman he had stabbed in the throat, lungs, and stomach. He was arrested later that night in Runnemede NJ and has
been in jail since the incident in default of $200,000 bail.
The victim spent 19 days recovering from her wounds in Cooper Medical Center, Camden..
In return for his pleas, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Staci Scheetz will recommend that Rodriguez be sentenced to 17 years in New Jersey state prison for attempted murder and 365 days in prison on each of the two endangering charges for a total of 19 years. He must serve 85 percent of the 17-year term before he can be considered for parole.
Rodriguez’ guilty pleas came as jury selection was to begin for his trial this week.
Judge Allen-Jackson set sentencing for Nov. 15.