Monday, March 26, 2012

Perth Amboy, NJ: Perth Amboy Man Admits Killing Wife with a Sledge Hammer

Perth Amboy man who admitted to murdering his wife with a sledge hammer will be sentenced to a 30-year prison term May 29 after pleading guilt in court to murder charges and dumping her body in Virginia two years ago.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said that Franklin Camacho Jr., 42, who killed his wife, Leonilda L. Caceres, 45, of 340 Madison Avenue in Perth Amboy, must serve the full 30-year prison term before he can become eligible for parole.

During his court hearing on March 22, Camacho admitted striking the victim numerous times in the head with a mini sledge hammer.

An investigation by Detective Ralph Pineiro of the Perth Amboy Police Department and Investigator Eleazar Ricardo of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office led to the arrest of Camacho, who was apprehended on the New Jersey Turnpike by the New Jersey State Police in January, 2010, as he was returning from Virginia.

During a search of Camacho’s vehicle, police recovered the mini sledge hammer, some of the victim’s clothing, and a trash can lid. The victim’s blood was found on the clothing and the lid.

The investigation began after a missing persons report was filed on Ms. Caceres. After obtaining a search warrant, police examined the victim’s apartment.

Authorities in Prince William County, Va., contacted Middlesex

County investigators, after discovering a woman's body, who matched,Ms. Caceres' description, in a trash can at approximately 8 am on January 21, 2010.

An autopsy performed by authorities in Virginia revealed that Ms. Caceres was the victim of a homicide and died from blunt force trauma to her head.

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