VENTNOR CITY WOMAN SENTENCED IN THE JULY 2018 MURDER OF HER MOTHER & GRANDMOTHER


MAYS LANDING- The daughter and granddaughter of two homicide victims has been sentenced for the July 8, 2019, killings, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

This afternoon, Heather Barbera, 43, of Ventnor City was sentenced before Presiding Judge Bernard DeLury to New Jersey state prison with an aggregate sentence of 42 years with 40 years and 2 months without parole.

“This tragic incident illustrates that domestic violence and the disease of addiction impacts so many families in all of our communities. The defendant singlehandedly altered the course of her entire family by taking the lives of her mother and grandmother. As a result she’ll have the next 40-plus years to think about her actions,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.

In October, Barbera pleaded guilty to the following charges:

Heather Barbera
  • Amended count of first degree Aggravated Manslaughter in the death of her mother Michelle Gordon, 67
  • 1st degree Murder of her grandmother, Elaine Rosen, 87

Elaine Rosen, 87, and her daughter Michelle Gordon, 67, were found dead at approximately 10:25 a.m., on Sunday, July 8, 2018, inside a residence at 4800 Boardwalk, Ventnor City.

The cause of death for Rosen and Gordon, is multiple blunt impact injuries and the manner of death is homicide.

Through the course of an investigation it was learned that Barbera took a bus to New York City after committing the murders and she was identified by NYPD officers on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the Midtown Manhattan Port Authority located at 42nd Street and she was taken into custody. Before her extradition to New Jersey, Barbera was in custody at the Rose M. Singer Center, a women’s facility on Rikers Island.

This is a joint investigation between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Ventnor City Police Department.

Assistant Prosecutor Allison Eiselen represents the state in the matter.

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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 http://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.

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