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Local Justice: Decisions in Belleville Municipal Court

The Municipal Court handled criminal cases separately involving a gun discharged, driving while intoxicated, shoplifting, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

In State v. Naji Starling, of Belleville, the State charged defendant with discharging a firearm on April 27th.  Defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.  The Court sentenced defendant to 20 days of community service, required defendant to take a gun safety course, and imposed fees and costs totaling $1,033.

In State v. Mahadeo Etwaroo, of Belleville, the State charged defendant with driving while intoxicated on April 18th.  Defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.  The Court sentenced defendant to 30 days of community service, suspended defendant's driver's license, required defendant to complete a 48 hour program at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IRDC), and imposed fees and costs totaling $864.

In State v. Pilar Atencio, of Newark, the State charged defendant with shoplifting under $200 of product from K-Mart on March 13th.  Defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.  The Court sentenced defendant to a 1 year term of probation and imposed fees and costs totaling $357.

In State v. Edward O'Brien, of Bloomfield, the State charged defendant with possession of a controlled dangerous substance on April 18th. Defendant pleaded guilty to the charge.  The Court sentenced defendant to a 1 year term of probation and imposed fees and costs totaling $457.

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