Linden Man Sentenced to 22 years for fatal shooting

On October 14, 2022,a Linden man was sentenced to 22 years in state prison for the shooting death of 29-year-old Andy Rozelien, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced today.

On July 8, 2022, Ashton Barthelus, 27, pled guilty to 1st degree aggravated manslaughter in exchange for the 22-year sentence which requires him to serve at least 85% of the term before the possibility of parole.

Shortly before 3:30pm on Monday, October 26, 2020, members of the Linden Police Department responded to the 1600 block of East St. Georges Avenue and found Andy Rozelien of Linden having sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Rozelien was transported to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, where he was pronounced dead, according to Assistant Prosecutor Scott Peterson, who prosecuted the case.

Prosecutor Daniel acknowledges the diligent efforts of the Union County Homicide Task Force, Linden Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and the Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit for their collaborative efforts which resulted in Barthelus’s apprehension and ultimately, being brought to justice.