TWO HUDSON COUNTY, NJ MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER, ROBBERY, AND WEAPONS OFFENSES IN 2019 FATAL FAIRVIEW, NJ ARMED ROBBERY
For Immediate Release:
April 4, 2023
Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced that on March 31, 2023, RAUL TORRES of North Bergen, NJ, and CARLOS BURGOS of Jersey City, NJ pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and weapons offenses in connection with the death of David Duque Soto in Fairview on June 29, 2019.
TORRES and BURGOS are the latest defendants to plead guilty in this multi-defendant case. Last month, a jury convicted DAVID MARTINEZ of felony murder for his role in this shooting, and he is scheduled for sentencing on April 28, 2023. LEXIE BURKE previously pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery with the State recommending a sentence of up to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison (“NJSP”). TORRES and BURGOS also stand to be sentenced to 30 years in NJSP, subject to the No Early Release Act, as a condition of their plea.
On June 29, 2019, TORRES and BURGOS were co-conspirators and principals to a pre-planned armed robbery of David Duque Soto at his home located at 215 4th Street in Fairview. During this armed robbery, Duque Soto was shot and subsequently died of his injuries. BURGOS and TORRES pled guilty to entering the apartment armed with loaded handguns and shooting their weapons at the victim.
The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutors Suzanne Cevasco and Matthew Fitzpatrick, Detective Jakub Glebocki, and Legal Assistant Catherine Fantuzzi, Esq. of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and Assistant Prosecutor Jaimee Chasmer of the Appellate Section.
Prosecutor Musella thanks Assistant Prosecutors Cevasco, Fitzpatrick, and Chasmer 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 the Major Crimes Unit as well as members of the Fairview Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their skill and professionalism in investigating this matter.