COLTS NECK – The Colts Neck man accused of killing his brother’s family in a quadruple homicide in November was indicted by a Monmouth County jury, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
The jury returned a 16-count indictment against 51-year old Paul Caneiro of Ocean Township: four counts of first degree Murder, two counts of first degree Felony Murder, two counts of second degree Aggravated Arson, one count of second degree Possession of a Weapon (Firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose, one count of third degree Possession of a Weapon (Knife) for an Unlawful Purpose, one count of second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Firearm), one count of fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Knife), one count of second degree Theft, one count of second degree Misapplication of Entrusted Property and two counts of third degree Hindering Apprehension of Oneself.
Caneiro was arrested and charged with the Nov. 20 murder of his brother Keith Caneiro, 50, his sister-in-law Jennifer Caneiro, 45, and their children, 11-year old Jesse and 8-year old Sophia.
Caneiro remains detained pending trial in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution. If convicted of murder, he faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without parole on each count.
Caneiro is being represented by Mitchell Ansell, Esq., and Robert J. Honecker, Jr. Esq. of Ocean Township.
Law enforcement continues to seek information in this case. Anyone with information about the Colts Neck murders should contact Detective Patrick Petruzziello of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Richard Zarrillo of the Colts Neck Police Department at 732-780-7323. Anyone with information about the Ocean Township arson is urged to call Detective Brian Weisbrot of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Christopher Brady of the Ocean Township Police Department at 732-531-1428.