Co-defendant who robbed 2014 homicide victim gets 7 years

A co-defendant charged in connection with the 2014 homicide of Julio Cesar Cruz has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for robbing the victim while the other defendant in the case is currently incarcerated in state prison for causing the man’s death. Dante Martin, 22, was originally charged with murder during the commission of … Read more →

Trenton man gets 50 years for murder, another gets 15 for deadly attack

Recent court sentencings in Trenton show that trial-by-jury convictions generally lead to significantly more prison time than negotiating a guilty plea. Dante Alexander, 33, of Trenton, this week received 50 years of imprisonment for shooting and killing 26-year-old Brandon Nance outside a city bakery in 2013. He pleaded not guilty in the case and took … Read more →

Judge raises security questions at status hearing for beating death in Trenton

A status hearing Monday for one of two men accused in the brutal beating death of a Guatemalan immigrant took an unexpected turn when the judge stepped off the bench and summoned one of his sheriff’s officers to a sidebar. When Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier returned to the bench, he said he was concerned … Read more →

Trenton murder suspect offered plea deal in case of beating death

One of two men charged with felony murder for the brutal beating death of a Guatemalan immigrant was offered a plea deal that calls for a 25-year sentence. Under the terms of the deal, Michael Holman, 19, of Trenton, would plead guilty to counts of aggravated manslaughter and aggravated assault. He would be required to … Read more →

Citizens help catch suspects in murder of Julio Cruz

By CARLOS AVILIA Michael Holman and Dante Martin, both 18-year-olds from Trenton, were charged with first-degree felony murder and robbery Thursday in the beating death of Julio Cesar Cruz. The Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini Jr. and Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr., among other county and state authorities, announced the arrests in connection … Read more →

Michael Holman

  • Arrested: Feb. 27, 2014
  • Age: 18
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Black

Suspected in the Feb. 15, 2014 death of Julio Cesar Cruz.