On Thursday, October 6, 2022, a Jersey City man was sentenced to 55 years in state prison for the shooting death of Carlos Rodriguez of Elizabeth a little more the three years ago, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced today.
On June 9, 2022 a jury found Anthony Reciofigeroa, 28, guilty of Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and Possession of a Weapon after a three-week trial before Union County Superior Court Judge John Deitch. Judge Deitch sentenced Anthony Reciofigeroa to 55 years in State Prison, requiring him to serve at least 85% of the 55-year term on the murder charge before the possibility of parole. The Judge also sentenced him to 8 years with 4-year period of parole ineligibility on each of the weapons charges and ordered those sentences to be served concurrently with his sentence.
Shortly after 7 p.m. on July 6, 2019, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to a report of gunshots being fired on the 500 block of East Jersey Street and found 19-year-old Carlos Rodriguez of Elizabeth on the sidewalk, having sustained a gunshot wound, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutors Jillian Reyes and Sarah Turk, who prosecuted the case. Rodriguez was transported to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead the next day.
An investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, assisted by the Vermont State Police and Jersey City Police Department, resulted in Figueroa being identified as the shooter in the case.