An Ocean County man is facing two decades in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter for fatally stabbing a man three years ago.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer says 29-year-old Kendrick Coley pleaded guilty on Friday to the stabbing death of Richard Pone on May 16, 2018, in Little Egg Harbor.

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According to authorities,

On May 16, 2018, at approximately 8:15 p.m., Officers from the Little Egg Harbor Police Department responded to a 911 call in reference to a stabbing incident that had taken place at a residence on Maplewood Drive. Upon their arrival, officers located Mr. Pone in an upstairs bedroom with multiple stab wounds; he was pronounced deceased at the scene at approximately 8:40 p.m. A subsequent investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Little Egg Harbor Police Department Detective Bureau determined that Coley had stabbed the victim multiple times after the two had engaged in a physical altercation at the residence.

Billhimer says Coley was arrested at the scene, and he has been held in the Ocean County Jail since.

When he is sentenced on December 3rd, the State will recommend a term of 20 years in prison, subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act.

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