MAYS LANDING- A Mays Landing man was sentenced for Aggravated Manslaughter after he caused the death of a man by striking him during an incident on Nov. 2, 2017, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Calvin Wiggins was sentenced Friday to 13 years in New Jersey State Prison, subject to the No Early Release Act for one count of first degree Aggravated Manslaughter for causing the death of 55 year old John Charlton. Wiggins, 24, pleaded guilty on June 27, 2018, before Judge Donna Taylor.
At the time of the homicide Wiggins was on parole for 2nd degree Robbery charge. A parole violation was filed on November 3, 2017, and since that date Wiggins has been serving the remainder of the robbery sentence in New Jersey State Prison. The Court rejected Wiggins’ request to be given jail credit for that time served and the Court also rejected his request to have the present 13 year sentence run concurrent to the parole sentence. The 13 year Aggravated Manslaughter sentence will not begin until Wiggins finishes serving the robbery sentence.
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 investigation was handled by Township of Hamilton Police Detective Craig Clayton.
Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen E. Robinson represents the state in the matter.
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