JACKSON – A Freehold man who was originally charged in the murder of a man in Jackson was sentenced to prison on weapons charges, police said.
Hector Calderon, 53, of Freehold, was sentenced on July 27 to ten years in New Jersey State Prison on a guilty plea of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He received an additional 9 years for a second guilty plea for the same charge.
Calderon and Daniel Romeodisantillo were both arrested in connection with the murder of Peyman Sanandaji, which took place in a restaurant in Jackson on April 9, 2015.
Romeodisantillo was convicted of murder and is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence.
However, Calderon was tried twice for murder and mistrials were declared both times. In both cases, the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict. A plea deal was crafted where Calderon would plead guilty to the weapons offenses.
Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer commended the efforts of Chief Trial Attorney Michael Weatherstone and Senior Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman who handled the case. Billhimer also thanked the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Jackson Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit.