Two and a half years 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 four days later.
After beating Dr. Sinha, the four teenagers ran back to the 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 car, Steven Contreras, 17, were charged with murder and other lesser counts.
Earlier this year, 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 be re-tried. Subsequently, he pleaded Guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, and faces up to four years in prison, in a plea bargain with the Prosecutor’s Office.
It has been two and a half years since the murder of Dr. Sinha, and no trial date has been set for the remaining four defendants. We must demand that the trial begin in short order without further delay.
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 stints 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 must demand that the remaining four defendants be tried for 1st degree murder, convicted and sentenced to life in State prison. Nothing will bring Dr. Sinha back to us, but we must ensure that justice is served on his killers.
Old Bridge, NJ is a suburban town of roughly 66,000, and rarely encounters violent crime. This murder has shaken the town, and its residents are awaiting justice in order to restore their safety and security.
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RE: State of New Jersey vs. Julian C. Daley, Christian M. Tinli, Christopher Conway, Cash Q. Johnson,
and Steven K. Contreras
Dear Mr. Kaplan:
I am writing to express my support to you and your office in ensuring the 5 defendants responsible for the death of Dr. Divyendu Sinha are punished to the full extent of the law, and that these defendants never have the opportunity to commit such a heinous crime again.
I recently learned that one of the defendants, Steven Contreras, will spend less than 4 years in State prison, pursuant to a Plea Bargain arrangement with your office. He drove the other 4 defendants to the murder site and then helped them escape by driving them away after the murder was committed. It is unconscionable that in spite of being instrumental in the murder of Dr. Sinha, Steven Contreras will spend less than 4 years in prison. The punishment does not fit the crime and it does not adequately protect the public. Nevertheless, I trust that you will ensure Steven Contreras is handed a sentence of the full 4 years, no less.
Secondly, it has been 2 ½ years since Dr. Sinha was murdered, and we are still awaiting justice against the other 4 defendants. During this time, many lesser crimes have been perpetrated and brought to trial in the same Court. I can imagine how trying this wait has been for Dr. Sinha’s family, and it certainly has been for us friends and well wishers. I trust that you will fast track the trial date, so that there is no further delay.
Thirdly, the other 4 defendants that killed Dr. Sinha are murderers and should be tried as such. Justice can only be served if they are convicted of murder and given a life sentence, no less. Let’s not forget that they killed an innocent man, a good man, a good family man, a good citizen.
I have full confidence in the Justice system and support you in your efforts to aggressively prosecute the defendants and bring closure to the criminal aspects of Dr. Sinha’s murder.