Ocean County Man Pleads Guilty In Stabbing

Michael Stallworth (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  BRICK – A Seaside Heights resident has admitted to stabbing a man and fleeing the scene, officials said.

  Michael Stallworth, 37, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault in connection with a stabbing that occurred at the Route 70 ShopRite in Brick Township on July 26, 2021. 

  The 44-year-old victim had multiple stab wounds on his back and he was quickly brought to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment. After investigating the incident, police identified the suspect as Stallworth and issued a warrant for his arrest.

  On August 29, Stallworth surrendered himself to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division. He was transported to the Ocean County Jail and has been lodged there since.

  Stallworth is facing seven years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act. His sentencing will be on February 24.

  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer acknowledged the efforts of Senior Assistant Prosecutor Shanon Chant-Berry who is handling the case on behalf of the State as well as the as the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, High Tech Crime Unit, and Victim Witness Advocacy Unit, as well as the Brick Police Department Detective Bureau and Patrol Division, Lakewood Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division, for their combined and collective efforts in connection with this investigation resulting in Stallworth’s apprehension, guilty plea and soon his state prison sentence.