Convicted Jersey City murderer sentenced to 50 years in prison

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On Friday,  Nov. 1,  the Honorable Mitzy Galis-Menendez sentenced Jose Morel, age 61, of Jersey City, to 40 years in state prison for murdering his wife in October 2017.

According to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, he was also sentenced to 10 years for endangering the welfare of a child.

The court ordered the sentence for endangering the welfare of a child to be serviced consecutive to the murder sentence.

In June 2019, Morel was found guilty of murdering his wife, 38-year-old Milagros Rodriguez de Morel in Jersey City on Oct. 18, 2017.

Judge Galis-Menendez presided over the bench trial in which she found the defendant guilty of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child.

At trial, the evidence established that the Morel murdered his wife in their Jersey City home and that the victim’s son was present in the residence during the incident.

Milagros Rodriguez de Morel suffered from multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Morel was acquitted on two aggravated assault charges related to his son.

The state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Leonardo Rinaldi from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.

The murder sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act which requires Morel to serve 85 percent of his 40-year sentence before he is eligible for parole.

The sentence for endangering the welfare of a child is for a flat 10 years.