MAYS LANDING- A Pleasantville woman has been sentenced the fatal stabbing of an Atlantic City woman, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Rollie Ellis, 30, was sentenced today before Judge Bernard DeLury on an Aggravated Manslaughter charge.
Ellis was sentenced to 20 years in New Jersey state prison subject to the No Early Release Act. The sentence runs Concurrent to a 7 year New Jersey state prison sentence also subject to NERA for an additional Aggravated Assault charge.
Rollie Ellis, 30, pleaded guilty last month to first degree aggravated manslaughter N.J.S. 2C:11-4(a)- 20 NERA (for the death of Jennifer Rodriguez) and second degree aggravated assault N.J.S. 2C:12-1(b)(1) – 7 NERA (for stabbing Raphy Rodriguez), before Judge DeLury.
On April 11, 2018, at approximately 6:35 a.m., Raphy Rodriguez, 34, and his wife Jennifer Rodriguez, 34, were in their apartment located at 3 South Iowa Avenue, Atlantic City, also present in the apartment was Rollie Ellis, 28, when an altercation took place where Ellis stabbed both Raphy Rodriguez and Jennifer Rodriguez. Jennifer Rodriguez was able to escape the apartment and run to the Atlantic City Police Department, which is located across the street from the apartment complex.
Jennifer Rodriguez was found in the lobby of the Public Safety Building unresponsive and bleeding from the stab wound to the back of the head/neck.
Jennifer Rodriguez was transported to AtlantiCare City Campus where she was later pronounced deceased. Raphy Rodriguez was also able to escape the apartment and flag down a Atlantic City Police officer on Iowa Ave. He was transported to the hospital with several serious stab wounds and he survived these injuries.
Ellis was arrested charged with first degree Murder, first degree Attempted Murder and third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
This was a joint investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic City Police Department. Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Robinson represents the state in the matter.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is 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.