Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on Friday, August 23, 2019, Matthew DeMartin, age 38, of Seaside Heights, pled guilty to First Degree Aggravated Manslaughter in the death of Sharon Falcetano, before the Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, J.S.C.
DeMartin is scheduled to be sentenced on October 11, 2019, before Judge Daniels. At the time of sentencing, DeMartin will be subject to N.J.S.A. 2C:43-7.2, No Early Release which requires DeMartin to serve 85% of his sentence. Prosecutor Billhimer will be seeking 30 years in state prison.
On February 23, 2018, Seaside Heights Police were summoned to the Glendale Motel for a report of an unresponsive female. Ms. Falcetano was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. After a thorough investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Seaside Heights Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, DeMartin was arrested and charged with killing Ms. Falcetano.
During his admission of guilt before the court, DeMartin admitted that on February 21, 2018, he assaulted Ms. Falcetano, causing extensive internal injuries and then left her body in the motel room without calling for emergency aid.
Prosecutor Billhimer praised the efforts of all involved including the Seaside Heights Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Detective Lindsay Woodfield of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Michael Abatemarco and Assistant Prosecutor Alyssa Mandara.