MAN ADMITS TO ATTEMPTED MURDER

An Egg Harbor Township man entered a guilty plea on Friday to first-degree attempted murder and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact for attempting to kill a 17-year-old female during an early morning incident in the Venice Park section of Atlantic City in 2009, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated today.

Robert Washington, 29, faces 16 years in prison when he is sentenced for the Aug. 8, 2009 crimes. He must serve 85 percent of the prison term which is 13 years, seven months and six days, before parole eligibility followed by five years of mandatory parole supervision. In addition, upon release he will be subject to Megan’s Law restrictions and a Nicole’s Law restraining order which prohibits contact with the victim for life, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Ellen Loughney, who represented the State.

The defendant admitted during his plea hearing that he stabbed the victim in the neck, forehead and face and attempted to kill her. He said that the victim needed a ride and he gave her one. He further told the court that he “slobbed” on the victim’s bra, Loughney said.

Superior Court Judge Michael A. Donio will sentence Washington on Jan. 7, 2011.

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