K-9 Schultz Co-Conspirator to Serve 6 Years
Prosecutors allege Evan Scotese helped Skyler Robinson rob a Chinese restaurant shortly before Robinson hurled the police dog into traffic on Route 42.
A Washington Township man accused of robbing a Chinese restaurant last November, leading to the police pursuit that resulted in the death of Gloucester Township Police K-9 Schultz, has been sentenced to six years in state prison, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
Evan Scotese, 20, of Sewell, admitted to robbing Lucky Dragon Chinese restaurant around 7 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2010, in entering his guilty plea before Superior Court Judge Irvin Snyder on Aug. 1.
Scotese was sentenced on Sept. 9. He must serve 85 percent of the six-year sentence before being eligible for parole.
Scotese punched a Lucky Dragon employee in the head during the robbery, according to authorities. He pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree robbery.
A trial date for co-defendant Skyler J. Robinson, 21, also of Washington Township's Sewell section, has not been set, Camden County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Jason Laughlin said this week.
Robinson, a former standout football player at Washington Township High School, was indicted in June on charges of robbery, conspiracy and causing injury to a police animal.
Authorities allege Robinson punched and then hurled K-9 Schultz into oncoming Route 42 traffic after the dog had caught up to and latched onto his arm.
Schultz died at the scene after being struck by several cars.