MAYS LANDING- A Mays Landing man has pleaded guilty in charges connected to the death of a man after striking him during an incident on Nov. 2, 2017, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Calvin Wiggins, 24, on Wednesday June 27, 2018, pleaded guilty before Judge Donna Taylor to one count of first degree Aggravated Manslaughter for causing the death of 55 year old John Charlton. Wiggins was on parole for 2nd degree Robbery charges at the time of the homicide.
Hamilton Township Police responded to the scene on November 2, 2017, where Calvin Wiggins was involved in a domestic dispute on the Route 40 roadway near the intersection of Cantillion Blvd. Charlton exited his vehicle and yelled at Wiggins to stop assaulting a woman, when he was punched by Wiggins. Charlton subsequently fell to the ground and struck his head and he never regained consciousness.
Charlton was hospitalized at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus after the assault and he died on Sunday Nov. 12, as a result of the injuries sustained.
The plea includes a 13 year sentence in a New Jersey state prison, subject to the No Early Release Act. Sentencing is scheduled for August 17, 2018, at 9 a.m. before Judge John R. Rauh.
The investigation was handled by Hamilton Township Police Detective Craig Clayton.
Wiggins remains in custody at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen E. Robinson represents the state in the matter.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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