NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A 33-year-old woman from Bayonne was sentenced to serve 15 years in a state prison after admitting to fatally stabbing a 34-year-old man inside a vehicle near the New Jersey Turnpike.
Amarlis Calderon apparently stabbed a man she knew, fellow Bayonne resident Pablo Caamano, after he stopped to pick her up on Randolph Road in Woodbridge during the early morning hours of July 18, 2016.
Caamano, a 34-year-old construction project manager who graduated from Seton Hall University, was the "beloved son of Maria… and Manuel Caamano" and a lifelong Bayonne resident, according to an obituary.
"I will always remember Pablo's infectious smile and personality," wrote one of the many friends he left behind, Maria Perez, on the online obituary. "He was an extraordinary man who will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace."
Caamano's killer knew him, according to authorities, who referred to them as a "couple" in an official statement.
Calderon "got into the vehicle and the couple headed toward Interchange 12 on the New Jersey Turnpike, where they pulled to the side of the road," according to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO).
Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez, Jr. handed down the sentence on March 23, ordering Calderon to serve 85% percent of her prison term before becoming eligible for parole.
Calderon pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter on January 8 as part of a plea agreement reached with Assistant Prosecutors Dimitri Teresh and Eric Snyder.
The MCPO press release credited Sgt. Frank Robina of the New Jersey State Police and MCPO Detective Craig Marchak with leading the investigation into the killing.
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