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Three years and four months ago, on the night of June 25, 2010, Dr. Divyendu Sinha, 49, was out for a walk with his wife and two sons near his home in Old Bridge, NJ., when they were attacked by four teenagers for no apparent reason. They beat Dr. Sinha with their fists and feet, knocking him to the ground. His two sons were beaten as well. Dr. Sinha succumbed to his injuries three days later. After beating Dr. Sinha, the four teenagers ran back to the get-away car and fled. They bragged to each other about what they had done and how much they enjoyed it. Julian Daley, 16, Christian Tinli, 18, Christopher Conway, 17, Cash Johnson, 17, along with the driver of the get-away car, Steven Contreras, 17, were charged with murder and other lesser counts.
On May 8th, 2012, in a verdict that devastated many, including the Sinha family, a jury found the driver of the get-away car, Steven Contreras Not Guilty of murder, and could not reach a verdict on the count of reckless manslaughter, for which he could have been re-tried. Subsequently, he pleaded Guilty to the lesser charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, and faces only up to four years in prison, in a plea bargain with the Prosecutor’s Office.
Earlier this year, two more defendants, Julian Daley and Christopher Conway took a plea deal before they could be tried. Prosecution gave them a lenient deal where Conway will not serve more than eight years and Daley’s exposure is limited to 15 years. Judge can reduce the sentences even further.
Remaining two defendants, Christian Tinli and Cash Johnson went on trial on August 6, 2013 and in a verdict on September 30, 2013 that has shaken the community to the core, were found not guilty of murder or any serious charges. Out of 10 charges, they were found guilty of only one charge, Simple assault on Dr. Sinha’s sons. This conviction carries a jail term from zero to maximum six months, and in reality they will not be jailed.
Thus in spite of eyewitness account of Mrs. Alka Sinha and her two sons as well as that of those who pleaded guilty, the jury decided that no one killed Dr. Divyendu Sinha; it was as if he disappeared into thin air.
The murder of Dr. Sinha was a heinous crime perpetrated on a good man, a good family man, a good citizen. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1982, authored a number of technical papers in computer science. After teaching at Stevens Institute of Technology and at the College of Staten Island, he worked at Siemens, an international electronics and engineering company. His students, business associates, friends and family, have nothing but kind words to describe him, and are devastated by his murder.
We are protesting this gross miscarriage of justice and asking the presiding judge by this petition to not accept the guilty plea of the three defendants and award them a prison sentence appropriate for the murder and not let Tinli and Johnson walk away free.
Please sign this petition and share it widely through social media and emails from wherever you are in this world. We have to close the petition on Wednesday, October 15th since the sentencing is set for Friday, October 18th so we ask your urgent attention.
If you live in New Jersey, We also request you to attend the sentencing on October 18th to show community support to Mrs. Alka Sinha and her sons, Ashish and Ravi.
Edison, NJ, USA
- Honorable Bradley Ferencz, J.S.C. MIDDLESEX COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT 56 Paterson St. New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903-0964
To: Honorable Bradley Ferencz, J.S.C.
MIDDLESEX COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
56 Paterson St.
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903-0964
Petition to the Honorable Bradley Ferencz, J.S.C. to demand the imposition of the maximum sentence allowed by law for all five defendants responsible for the death of Dr. Divyendu Sinha and stop the miscarriage of justice now!
RE: State of New Jersey vs. Julian Daley, Christopher Conway, Steven Contreras, Christian Tinli, and Cash Johnson
We, the undersigned, demand justice for the death of Dr. Divyendu Sinha. We write to have the Court correct the injustice that has befallen the family and the public, by proscribing the maximum sentence allowed by law against each of the defendants.
The following facts at each of the defendants’ trials were not contested and irrefutable: Dr. Divyendu Sinha was walking with his wife and two sons in their Old Bridge, NJ neighborhood on the night of June 25th, 2010, when they were attacked by a group of teenagers. Dr. Sinha died from his injuries three days later. Five teenagers were there that night, and all participated – in one way or another – of the events that ended with an innocent father losing his life. These individuals were charged with the MURDER of Dr. Sinha’s - Julian Daley (16), Christian Tinli (17), Cash Johnson (17), Christopher Conway (17), and Steven Contreras (17).
While we as responsible citizens respect the system of justice, an overwhelming majority of the members of the community believe that the plea deals offered and recent jury verdict has resulted in a gross miscarriage of justice. We ask, how could none of these defendants be responsible for Dr. Sinha’s death? We believe that there were a number of reasons behind the jury decision that defies commonsense. One of the primary reasons, we believe was an ineffective strategy that failed to convince the jury of the gravity of the crime and the deliberate, cold blooded nature of the planning that preceded the actions. The Court should correct this wrong as much as possible within its power by imposing the maximum sentence for all defendants.
Another reason for imposing the maximum sentence is that the defendants have demonstrated no remorse for the death they caused; rather, they continue their utter disregard for human life, for the law, and for law enforcement. This is self-evident from the defendants’’ violations of their bail numerous times, while laying blame on their own misgivings with this Court and law enforcement. The undersigned believe that the defendants will break the law again when they are back on the streets. We cannot stand idle and watch another fellow citizen become a victim of crime perpetrated by these defendants. They must be sentenced to the maximum term under the law IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE.
Judge Ferencz, we demand that you reject the sentences proposed by the Prosecutor and sentence all five defendants to the maximum term under the law. The punishment must fit the crime, in the interest of justice.
We have put our full faith in the criminal justice system, and believe it to be the best in the world. Judge Ferencz, you are our last hope. Please, STOP THE MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE NOW!
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