Plainfield Man Pleads Guilty to 2011 Homicide

Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced today that a Plainfield man pled guilty to a January 2011 homicide.

Pablo Garcia Ortiz DOB: 9/2/1961 pled guilty to the January 17, 2011 stabbing death of 19-year-old Jose Feliciano Garcia Toj, said Assistant Prosecutor Julie A. Peterman, who prosecuted the case.

According to an investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Department, Ortiz murdered Garcia Toj, a native of Guatemala, in a basement apartment at 318 E. Front St., in Plainfield. It is believed that the men, who shared the apartment, had argued before Ortiz fatally stabbed Garcia Toj.

Ortiz was arrested several days later in the hamlet of Dover Plains, N.Y. The arrests were made with assistance from the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department, said Peterman. The case was handled by Detective Kevin Grimmer of the Union County Homicide Task Force.

Ortiz will be sentenced to 20 years in State Prison on March 16, 2012 before Judge Scott J. Moynihan.