Jersey City man who killed mother, grandma while high on PCP gets 25 years in prison

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A Jersey City man who killed his mother and grandmother while high on PCP nearly three years was sentenced to 25 years in state prison earlier today.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Friday, Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mark Nelson sentenced Kevin Hodges, 39, of Jersey City, to 25 years in state prison for two counts of aggravated manslaughter.

Earlier this year, Hodges pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter related to the deaths of his mother, Rebecca Hodges, and grandmother, Dorothy Bradshaw, in the Arlington Gardens public housing complex in Jersey City on December 5th, 2016.

Hodges was sentenced to a 25-year prison term for the death of each victim, to be served concurrently.

The sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act which requires Hodges to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

On December 5th, 2016, at approximately 8:25 p.m., Jersey City police officers responded to 305 Randolph Ave. concerning a report of a woman in distress.

Upon arrival, authorities found two unresponsive female victims who had both sustained multiple stab wounds.

The victims were later identified as Rebecca Hodges, 56, and Dorothy Bradshaw, 76, both of who were residents at that address. They were pronounced dead later that evening.

Kevin Hodges, who was covered in blood, was apprehended by Jersey City police approximately one block from the scene.

Hodges, who prior to pleading guilty had pursued a diminished capacity defense, admitted to causing the death of his mother and grandmother under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life and while being under the influence of Phencyclidine, also known as PCP.

The state was represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutors Leonardo Rinaldi and Leo
Hernandez of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.