Man Sentenced For Manslaughter And Drugs

Charles Rice (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  LACEY – A 58-year-old man has been sent to prison for 13 years after pleading guilty for manslaughter and drug distribution.

  Charles Rice was sentenced by Honorable Rochelle Gizinski, J.S.C to seven years in New Jersey State Prison after pleading guilty to Manslaughter, and also sentenced to six years with a three-year period of parole disqualification after pleading guilty to Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl. Rice had pleaded guilty for these charges on December 9, 2019.

  Back in April of 2019, the Berkeley Township Police responded to a call of an unresponsive man of who declared dead at the scene. After investigation, it uncovered that Rice had sold the victim a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. The drugs resulted to be the cause of the victim’s death.

  “This particular defendant sold heroin that contained fentanyl, which ultimately caused the victim’s death.  We have been very clear that we will continue to arrest and prosecute individuals that pedal illegal and sometimes deadly narcotics in Ocean County,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer stated.