Jersey City man pleads guilty to 2020 fatally stabbing roommate in Heights apartment

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A Jersey City man pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally stabbing his roommate in their Heights apartment in August 2020, authorities said this morning.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Tong Cheng, 28, pleaded guilty in connection with the 2020 stabbing death of his roommate, Yuting Ge, 23, on New York Avenue, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

Cheng pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated manslaughter and the state will be recommending a sentence of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison subject to the No Early Release Act.

Sentencing is scheduled before Hudson County Superior Court Judge John A. Young on Thursday, July 28th.

On Saturday, August 8, 2020, just after 12:30 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to an apartment on New York Avenue near Hutton Street on a report of a suspicious condition.

Responding officers found a lifeless man, later identified as Ge, 23, of Jersey City, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of death was determined to be multiple stab wounds and the manner of death was determined to be homicide. Ge was a student at Stevens Institute of Technology at the time of his death.

Cheng, an alumnus of Stevens Institute of Technology Graduate School, was arrested without incident at a hotel in Weehawken on Monday, August 10th 2020.

The state is represented in this case by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Adam Salzer.

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