Bergenfield Man sentenced for 2022 fatal stabbing

Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced today a Bergenfield man was sentenced on Thursday, May 25, 2023 for the stabbing death of 39-year-old Marlon Pantin of Brooklyn, NY that occurred in 2022 at the Country Inn & Suites in Elizabeth.

Union County Superior Court Judge Thomas Isenhour sentenced Javan Johnson, age 32, to 25 years in State Prison for Aggravated Manslaughter, directing that he must serve at least 85% of that sentence before being eligible for parole.

In the early morning hours of Monday, March 21, 2022, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to the Country Inn and Suites, located at 100 International Drive and found Pantin, who had sustained critical injuries as a result of being stabbed, according to Union County Prosecutor Robert Grady. Pantin was transported to University Hospital in Newark and subsequently pronounced dead.

“I commend the dedicated efforts of Assistant Prosecutor Robert Grady, Sergeant Filipe Afonso, and Elizabeth Detectives James Szpond and Louis DeMondo for their hard work on this case,” said Union County Prosecutor Daniel. “I hope this sentencing can bring some small comfort to those mourning Mr. Pantin.”