Sussex County Prosecutor's Office

Newton /
25 Nov 2019 | 12:02

    Nov. 18

    Jonathan Cruz, 19 of Oxford, was sentenced to two years probation. Additionally, he must submit to a TASC evaluation and follow all recommendations thereof, enroll in the DECIDE program, he is barred from owning, possessing or controlling any firearms, firearms Purchaser Identification Card, or Permit to Purchase, pay mandatory fines and fees and perform community service.

    Cruz pleaded guilty on Nov. 5, 2018, to criminal mischief, a fourth-degree crime.

    Nov. 19

    Christopher Candido, 29, of Hopatcong, pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, both third-degree crimes, Joyriding, a fourth-degree crime, and to violating his probation.

    Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 3, 2020.

    In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to taking an individual’s vehicle without permission, to using that individual’s bank card to withdraw funds from her bank account on Aug. 31, and to being in possession of 14 folds of heroin at the time of his arrest.

    The case was investigated by Patrolman R. Giordano and Patrolman G. Bruzzese of the Hopatcong Police Department.

    Nov. 21

    Fernando Diaz, 39, of Newton, pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, a crime of the third degree and contempt, a crime of the fourth degree.

    Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2020.

    The defendant admitted to engaging in sexual conduct with a 9-year-old child and also that he violated a court restraining order.

    Nov. 22

    Anthony Lutz, 27, of Newton, was sentenced to two years of probation and 180 days in jail. He received three days jail credit and 57 days of GAP time. He was ordered to submit to a TASC or mental health evaluation and follow any and all recommendations made from same, submit a DNA sample and pay restitution of $100 and fines and fees totaling $155.

    He pleaded guilty on Oct. 29 to forgery, a third-degree crime.

    The defendant wrote a check on a Byram resident’s checking account on Sept. 14 without permission.