ASBURY PARK – A jury returned guilty verdicts on two men responsible for a 2019 drive-by double shooting in Asbury Park.
Jonathan M. Marvine, 27, of Sayreville and Gary R. Brooks Jr., 30, of Neptune City were both convicted of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, with Brooks additionally convicted of first-degree attempted murder and several related weapons offenses following a trial before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Jill G. O’Malley.
The shooting took place at around 11 p.m. on August 2, 2019 in the area of Monroe and Ridge avenues in Asbury Park. The victims were an 18-year-old Asbury Park man and a 28-year-old Neptune Township man.
Marvine and Brooks were identified as suspects and were arrested the same night at a home in Neptune City by tracking the vehicle they used with traffic cameras.
“This was a brazen, calculated act of brutality emblematic of the serious issue of gun violence that has plagued the neighborhood where it took place for far too long,” Acting Prosecutor Lori Linskey said. “We thank the jury for their service in ensuring that those responsible have been brought to justice – thereby also making that neighborhood safer.”
Sentencing has been scheduled for Friday, January 7, 2022, when Marvine will face a term of 10 to 20 years in state prison; Brooks will face up to life in prison.