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East Orange Man Sentenced For 2010 Essex Fells Robbery

Reginald Anthony, 30, of East Orange was charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit a burglary that resulted in the death of 91-year-old Robert Nevius of Essex Fells.


A Superior Court judge in Newark Wednesday sentenced an East Orange man to 20 years in prison for the 2010 beating, stabbing and robbery of a 91-year-old Essex Fells man.

Reginald Anthony, 30, was sentenced before Superior Court Judge Peter J. Vazquez for the robbery and the resulting death of Robert Nevius of Essex Fells, a decorated World War II veteran.

On Nov. 14, a jury found Anthony guilty of second-degree conspiracy to commit burglary but acquitted him on murder charges.

“There is a need to protect the public from this defendant,” said Vasquez during the sentencing.

Under the No Early Release Act, Anthony must serve 85 percent of his sentence, or a minimum of 17 years, before he is eligible for parole, said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray.

According to the county prosecutor, Anthony was hired as a fill-in chauffeur to drive Janet Nevius, the victim’s wife, to New York City for an overnight trip on April 14, 2010.

It was only the second time Anthony had driven for the family. His aunt, the regular chauffeur, had worked for the family for two years.

Recognizing the husband was home alone, Anthony and 25-year old Shaun Woodson, also of East Orange, decided to burglarize the house.

When Nevius put up a fight, the two defendants beat, strangled and stabbed him repeatedly.

“He had been strangled with his suspenders, beaten with a blunt object, slashed and stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife,” the county prosecutor said.

Police discovered Nevius’s body the next day when he missed an appointment. Local police officers made a welfare check on the house after a friend became concerned.

Normally, a conviction for second-degree conspiracy to commit burglary would carry a five to 10 year sentence, but Assistant Prosecutor William Neafsey successfully argued to impose the maximum sentence of 20 years based on Anthony’s lengthy criminal history, the county prosecutor said.

Prior to the 2010 incident, Anthony had been convicted of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, eluding and receiving stolen property and attempted theft.

“The extended term was very appropriate,” said Neafsey. “This victim was a husband, father and a decorated war veteran who had a right to live and die in his own time. While the jury did not convict Anthony of murder, but for Anthony’s involvement, Mr. Nevius would still be alive today. He put in motion the events that resulted in Mr. Nevius’ death.’’

Woodson, also indicted for murder, will face a seperate jury.

WCaldResident December 20, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I don't understand how he could not be convicted of murder. Guess the prosecution couldn't prove which guy did the actual beating/killing? Either that or the jury is stupid.
gregory l. mitchell December 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
This is a travesty of justice-ACQUITTED of murder?The two animals killed the poor 91 year old in his house.This turd is a vicious criminal with a rap sheet yards long.Including assault on a police officer,too bad the cop didn't shoot him then,perhaps had he done so Mr. Nevious would be alive today!Due to turnstile justice he was turned back onto the streets numerous times.In fact in another 17 yrs he'll be out to perhaps repeat his performance.If the filthy scum was to come over here,they'd take his ass out in a hearse. G.L.Mitchell-West Caldwell,N.J.
anthony j. popola December 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Note the name of the judge.....nuff said
gregory l. mitchell February 27, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Ethel and Anthony:What in goodness name am I missing here-am I fouled up?Here an elderly man is beaten,stabbed es strangled,robbed then MURDERED in his domicile,where one is supposed to be secure.Now the judge mets out a sentence that puts this scum back out on the streets AGAIN when he'll be a young man of 57.Poor Mr.Nevius is dead murdered in his own house.WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH OUR COURTS AND THOSE WHO MANAGE THEM????This brings me to question the ability of The Hon.Vazquez,he should be recalled!!This man is a disgrace to our judicial system,disgusting!!!! Respectfully,Gregory L.Mitchell,W.C.
Adam May 14, 2013 at 02:21 PM
For those who wish to murder and rob for a living I only wish one thing for them. A quick exit from this planet. I'm so sick of good people, law abiding people becoming victims of this kind of excrement. They shouldn't be breathing the same air that good people breath. Why. Why must we live in fear. Damn them damn all these criminals.

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