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Camden Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Fatal Stabbing

CAMDEN CITY NJ JULY 28, 2015--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson announced a Camden man was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for stabbing a woman to death in the city.

Hector Cordero Arocho, 35, pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter in May before Superior Court Judge Gwendolyn Blue.  Judge Blue imposed the sentenced today.

Cordero Arocho committed a series of stabbings within hours on June 11, 2012.  He stabbed 42-year-old Delita Robinson with a knife near 8th and Division Streets in Camden at approximately 3 a.m.  Robinson, a Camden resident, was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m. at Cooper University Hospital.  The defendant was also accused of stabbing a then-27-year-old Camden man near Broadway and Royden Street about two hours after attacking Robinson.  The male victim survived.

In asking the court for a 25-year sentence, Assistant Prosecutor Erin M. Fay described the attacks as “brutal” and “violent.”  She also noted that the defendant committed the attacks without provocation.  Cordero Arocho did not provide a motive during his plea hearing.

In addition, Cordero Arocho was sentenced to a concurrent term of five years’ imprisonment for stabbing a fellow inmate with a pencil while awaiting trial at the Camden County Jail.  In that case, he pleaded guilty in June to third-degree aggravated assault.

Under the No Early Release Act, Cordero Arocho will be required to serve approximately 21 years and three months in prison before he is eligible for parole and will be supervised by parole for five years upon release.

Released Tuesday, July 28, 2015.