Press Release


For Immediate Release:
September 22, 2023

Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced that on September 15, 2023, RANDY MANNING formerly of Englewood, NJ was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment in New Jersey State Prison after being convicted of murder, arson, desecration of human remains, and weapons offenses in connection with the death of Rhian Stoute in August 2011.

On August 15, 2011, RANDY MANNING shot the victim to death in a vacant house in Englewood. He returned to the scene several hours later and set the victim’s body on fire. MANNING then hid the victim’s body in an SUV, drove the SUV to Paramus, NJ, and abandoned the vehicle on a quiet residential street. He discarded key pieces of evidence in sewers in both Paramus and Brooklyn, New York, that were subsequently discovered by law enforcement during the ensuing investigation.

On June 7, 2023, following a six-week jury trial before the Honorable Gary N. Wilcox, J.S.C., in Bergen County Superior Court, a jury convicted RANDY MANNING of nine charges in relation to the murder of Stoute: murder, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a firearm, desecration of human remains, unlawful moving of human remains, arson, hindering apprehension by destroying or concealing evidence, hindering apprehension by giving false information to law enforcement, and unlawful taking of a means of conveyance. On September 15, 2023, the Honorable Gary N. Wilcox, J.S.C., sentenced RANDY MANNING to a term of life imprisonment in New Jersey State Prison, subject to the No Early Release Act, for his crimes.

The State was represented by Senior Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Grootenboer, Assistant Prosecutor Gary Donatello, and Appellate Section Chief Assistant Prosecutor William Miller of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office with the assistance of Detective William Diedtrich, Paralegal Tina Thonus, and Victim Advocates Susan Tanis and Michelle Churchill of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutor Musella thanks Senior Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Grootenboer and Assistant Prosecutor Gary Donatello for their zealous advocacy for the victim and his family and for helping combat gun violence in Bergen County through this verdict. Prosecutor Musella also commends the detectives of his Major Crimes Unit as well as members of the Paramus Police Department, the Englewood Police Department, and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their skill and professionalism in investigating this matter. Additionally, Prosecutor Musella extends his sincere thanks to the many retired detectives who continued to answer the call of duty and returned to testify at trial.