Jersey City man sentenced to 25 years in aggravated manslaughter case

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On Friday, Oct. 4,  Superior Court Judge Mark Nelson sentenced Jersey City resident Kevin Hodges, age 39,  to 25 years in state prison for two counts of aggravated manslaughter, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Earlier this year, Hodges pleaded guilty to the charges related to the deaths of his mother, Rebecca Hodges, and grandmother, Dorothy Bradshaw, in the Arlington Gardens public housing complex in Jersey City on Dec. 5, 2016.

On Dec. 5, 2016, at approximately 8:25 p.m., Jersey City Police Officers responded to 305 Randolph Ave. in Jersey City concerning a report of a woman in distress. Officer arrived and found two unresponsive female victims who had both sustained multiple stab wounds.

The victims were later identified as Rebecca Hodges, age 56, and Dorothy Bradshaw, age 76, both of whom were residents at that address.

They were pronounced dead later that evening.

Hodges, who was reportedly covered in blood, was apprehended by Jersey City Police Officers approximately one block from the scene.

Hodges was sentenced to a 25-year prison term for the death of each victim, to be served concurrently.

The sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act which requires Hodges to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Hodges, who prior to pleading guilty had pursued a diminished capacity defense, admitted to causing the death of his mother and grandmother under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life and while being under the influence of PCP.

The State was represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutors Leonardo Rinaldi and Leo Hernandez of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.