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Department: Prosecutor's Office

Press Release - Plea of Brian Donovan

Release Date: November 30, 2020



November 30, 2020

     Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the entry of a guilty plea to an accusation before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on September 29, 2020, by Brian Donovan.

     Donovan, age 39, of Greenwood Lake, NY, pled guilty to two counts of Aggravated Assault, a third degree crimes.  Sentencing is presently anticipated for December 3, 2020.

     In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted to committing an act of domestic violence by knowingly, or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, recklessly obstruct the breathing or blood circulation of H.D. and I.D. who each, with respect to the actor, meet the definition of a victim of domestic violence, by applying pressure on the throat or neck of such persons, thereby causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b(13) 

     Donovan was represented by Michael Pedicini, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Nikoletta Agouras.