Jersey City man sentenced to 28 years in prison for stabbing Heights roommate to death


A Jersey City man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for stabbing his Heights roommate to death just over two years ago, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Tong Cheng. Inset photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Earlier today, Hudson County Superior Court Judge John A. Young sentenced Tong Cheng, 28, of Jersey City, to 28 years in New Jersey State Prison for the stabbing death of his roommate, Yuting Ge, 23, on August 8th, 2020, Suarez said in a statement.

He pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated manslaughter on May 11th. His sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act. The State was represented in this case by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Adam Salzer.

“The State hopes the conclusion of these proceedings provides comfort to the victim’s family as they continue to cope with the loss of a promising young man who had his entire life ahead of him,” Salzer stated.

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

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