MAYS LANDING- A Mays Landing man has been sentenced to New Jersey state prison after he was convicted on March 8, by an Atlantic County jury in connection to a September 2017, shooting that killed one man and wounded several others, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Matthew Gonzalez was sentenced on the following charges on Thursday, November 19, 2020, to an aggregate 40 year sentence in prison:
Count 1: 1st degree Aggravated Manslaughter – 25 years NJSP must serve 85% of sentence before being eligible for parole.
Count 2: 2nd degree Aggravated Assault – 7 years NJSP must serve 85% of sentence before being eligible for parole, concurrent to Count 1.
Count 3: 4th degree Aggravated Assault – 1 year NJSP, concurrent to above.
Count 4: 4th degree Aggravated Assault – 1 year NJSP, concurrent to above.
Count 5: 2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun – merged with Count 1.
Count 6: 2nd degree Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose – merged with Count 1.
Count 7: 2nd degree Attempted Bribery – 7 years NJSP, concurrent to Count 8 below.
Count 8: 1st degree Witness Tampering – 15 years NJSP, consecutive to Counts 1-4 above.
Aggregate is 40 years in New Jersey state prison and must serve 21 years and 3 months before parole eligibility.
“This sentence should send a very clear message to all of those who commit violent crimes in Atlantic County. If you think that you will intimidate and threaten witnesses so they won’t testify against you, we will prosecute you and you can tack on another 15 years consecutive to the sentence for your original offense. Witness tampering interferes with the integrity of the criminal justice system. This defendant will spend the next 40 years in prison thinking about all of the poor decisions that landed him there,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.
Gonzalez, 29, of Mays Landing was convicted by an Atlantic County jury on March 13, 2020, on the following charges:
- First degree Aggravated Manslaughter of Taufeeq Mitchell
- Second degree Aggravated Assault
- 2 Counts of 4th degree Aggravated Assault
- Second degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm without a Permit
- Second degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful purpose
- Second degree Attempted Bribery
- First degree Witness Tampering
On September 24, 2017, during a fight at the Brandywood Apartment Complex in the Township of Hamilton, Gonzalez opened fire killing Mitchell and injuring the 3 other individuals. Gonazalez has been arrested and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
A 911 call was received at the Hamilton Township Police department at 5:30 p.m., on Sunday September 24, 2017, for a report of shots fired and that several victims were shot at the Brandywood Townhomes.
The investigation is a cooperative effort between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Hamilton Township Police Department. The Egg Harbor City Police Department and the New Jersey State Police also responded to the scene. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Erik Bergman represents the state.
“This conviction and sentencing is a move in the direction of closure for Taufeeq Mitchell‘s family. I would like to thank the entire ACPO Major Crimes Unit, lead ACPO Detective Patrick Bell and the Township of Hamilton Police Department for their work on this case,” said Chief Assistant Prosecutor Erik Bergman.
Anyone with information involving any serious crimes are asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.