UPDATE: Christie Signs 'Schultz's Law' Same Day Indictments Handed Up in Case
Two Washington Township men are charged in the dog's death, which led to the new law, and the robbery of a Blackwood Chinese restaurant.
UPDATE, 4:18 p.m.: Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law "Schultz's Law," a measure that strengthens the penalties for those found guilty of killing a police animal.
The prior law required a prison sentence of three to five years. The new law, which goes into effect immediately and was sponsored by Sen. Fred Madden and Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, requires a mandatory five-year prison sentence.
Authorities have announced indictments in the Nov. 30, 2010, Chinese restaurant robbery in Blackwood that led to the death of a beloved police K-9 along Route 42.
Skyler Robinson, 21, and Evan Scotese, 20, both of the Sewell section of Washington Township, were indicted Tuesday on the following charges in connection with the robbery of Lucky Dragon Chinese restaurant: three counts of robbery and single counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and aggravated assault.
Robinson was additionally indicted on two counts of causing injury to a law-enforcement animal and a single count of resisting arrest in connection with the pursuit that ended when he allegedly tossed K-9 Schultz into oncoming Route 42 traffic.
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