FREEHOLD – A Long Branch teen has been indicted in connection with the murder of his family members on New Year’s Eve 2017, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
A Monmouth County grand jury returned a 5-count indictment against 18-year-old Scott Kologi. Kologi is charged in the indictment with four counts of first degree Murder, and one count of second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
In November 2019, the State’s motion to waive Kologi’s case to Superior Court was granted in Monmouth County Family Court. An arraignment on the indictment is scheduled for Jan. 27, 2020 at 1:30 p.m., before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Marc C. Lemieux.
On Dec. 31, 2017, Long Branch and West Long Branch Police responded to a residence on Wall Street for a report of a shooting. Kologi was arrested at the residence. Police secured and identified a Century Arms Model C39V2 rifle as the weapon used in the homicides of: L.K. (44), S.K. Sr. (42), B.K. (19) and M.S. (70).
Kologi was a 16-year-old juvenile at the time. He has been incarcerated at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center since his arrest.
If convicted of murder, Kologi faces on each count a minimum sentence of 30 years in a state prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act.” He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison. If convicted of the second degree crime, Kologi faces a sentence of between five to ten years in prison.