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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.

Dee Albano-Wolfe October 09, 2011 at 03:59 PM
I think this slimeball deserves a lot more time than he got. I hope to God his partner in crime gets much more than what this "thing" got!
jason October 09, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Any Criminal that hurt's a police k9 in the line of duty resulting in the death of the k9 should therefore be given the death penalty in every state, as no animal deserves to be treated in that way.
Michelle Wolfson October 10, 2011 at 01:44 AM
Well, that would be totally impossible since many states have abolished the death penalty. New Jersey is one of those states. The death penalty was abolished here in 2007 I believe. Just sayin'. This would never have been a capital punishment case anyway, despite what mine, yours, or anyone else's personal feelings are about the horrid nature of the crime. It would not have met the criteria- even with mitigating circumstances. I have a feeling that the co-conspiraor in this case will receive a stiffer sentence. Obviously, it will not be the death penalty- or anything close.

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