Plea in Berlin Borough Fatal Car Crash
Ruperto Bautista-Pina, M/25, pleaded guilty Monday to Death by Auto. He is expected to be sentenced to a five year term of incarceration, 85 percent of which he must serve before becoming eligible for parole. Bautista-Pina is of Mexican nationality and is in the United States illegally. He will likely be deported upon the end of his prison sentence.
Bautista-Pina admitted in court that on October 27, 2012 he drove a 2001 Volkswagen Beetle into a 2006 Saturn on Route 30 near Cross London Avenue. The driver of the Saturn wasn’t seriously injured, but the passenger in the Volkswagen was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car, killing him. The passenger, Jose Luis Cruz-Manzano, was friends with Bautista-Pina. The defendant was intoxicated while driving at the time of the crash.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 5 before Superior Court Judge Irvin Snyder.
WANTED FUGITIVE - Michael L. Fisher
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Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a homicide in the city Monday night.
Norman Levels, M/38, of Pennsauken, was shot near the intersection of Pfeiffer Street and Baird Boulevard about 9 p.m. Monday. Levels was in a while Nissan Maxima when he was shot. He was taken to Cooper Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:33 p.m.
Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Janene Bahr at (856) 225-8500 or Camden County Police Detective Michael Shomo at (856) 757-7420.
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Arrest in Weekend Homicide
A 17-year-old Camden male was arrested Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on a charge of Murder. He turned himself in at the Camden County Metro Police Department.
It is alleged the 17-year-old shot Jason Williams, M/33, of Camden, multiple times outside a unit of the Crestbury Apartments in Camden about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Another Camden 17-year-old has been charged with Hindering Apprehension and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in connection with Williams’ killing. He is accused of helping the Murder defendant conceal the weapon used in the shooting.
Law enforcement officers recovered that weapon. Both teens are being held at the Camden County Youth Detention Center.
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The Carol Rief Investigation Continues