N.J. legislators say Colts Neck murders warrant reviving the death penalty

COLTS NECK, N.J. — Paul Caneiro stands accused of killing his brother as well as his sister-in-law and their two children in grisly fashion.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said “he would seek the death penalty if it was possible” for the Defendant’s alleged perpetration of the Colts Neck Murders.

LD24’s legislative representatives want to oblige Gramiccioni.

“As lawmakers, our number one responsibility is to safeguard innocent people from harm,” Asm. Hal Wirths, a former member of New Jersey’s State Parole Board. “The gruesome murder of the Caneiro family is proof that we must reinstate the death penalty. We should listen to officials like Prosecutor Gramiccioni, who have plainly said that this is a punishment we should be able to hand down in extreme cases of violence. We owe it to the loved ones who are grieving this tremendous loss. They deserve the ultimate form of justice. By reinstating the death penalty, we can give it to them.”

Wirths and his district-mates Senator Steven Oroho and Assemblymen Parker Space have sponsored legislation which would reinstate New Jersey’s death penalty (A-3599, S-539, and ACR-82) though the dominant Democrat majority is unlikely to give them a floor vote.

New Jersey abolished capital punishment back on December 17, 2007. Then-Governor Jon Corzine subsequent commuted the death sentences of eight inmates inmates on death row including Jesse Timmendequas, the man who raped and murdered 7-year-old Megan Kanka.

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