A Jersey City man charged with killing his girlfriend by slitting her throat last year pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter earlier today, authorities said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Rand March, 66, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter related to the death of his girlfriend, Kimberly Haston which occurred
on November 23rd, 2020 in Jersey City.
March admitted in court to using a knife to cause the death of Haston. The State is recommending a sentence of 25 years in New Jersey state prison subject to the No Early Release Act.
He was arrested and charged with charged with murder, possession of a weapon (knife) for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon back on November 23rd, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
On that date, at approximately 1:45 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department Emergency Services Unit responded to an apartment on Court House Place to perform a welfare check on a senior resident.
When officers gained access to the apartment, they found a lifeless Haston, 67, on the floor with a laceration to her neck. Haston was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 3:52 p.m.
The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be sharp force injury of neck and the manner of death to be homicide.
March, who shared the apartment with Haston and was in the apartment at the time, was taken into custody by Jersey City police officers. He was later arrested and charged by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.
Sentencing in this case has been scheduled for June 16, 2021 before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Paul DePascale who accepted the guilty plea earlier today.
The State is represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Baginski of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.