Jersey City man sentenced to 33 years for aggravated sexual assault

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On Thursday, Oct. 10,  Superior Court Judge Mark Nelson sentenced Jersey City resident Marquise Gilchrist, age 33, to 33 years in New Jersey State Prison on charges of aggravated sexual assault committed during a burglary and 18 years in New Jersey State Prison for aggravated sexual assault committed while armed with a weapon, to be served concurrently.

According to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Gilchrist pleaded guilty to the charges on June 24, 2019.

Gilchrist will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence without the opportunity for parole under the No Early Release Act.

Gilchrist who was out on parole since November 2016, was arrested in August 2017 in connection with an aggravated sexual assault that occurred inside an apartment on Fairmount Avenue in Jersey City.

The arrest was made after a 22-year-old woman reported that she was sexually assaulted at knifepoint by an unknown male who broke into her apartment.

Gilchrist committed the crimes while on parole supervision for a similar aggravated sexual assault committed in 2003.

He has been incarcerated on the present case since August 2017. The New Jersey State Parole Board, Division of Parole, revoked the defendant’s parole status.

The defendant previously served a sentence of 15 years with 85 percent parole ineligibility on the 2003 case.

He will tentatively be eligible for parole in 2047. He will then be subject to possible civil commitment under the Sexually Violent Predator Act.

The case was investigated by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit.

The State was represented by John Mulkeen, Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Special Victims Unit.