Jersey City man must do 30 years in prison for murder and sexual assault

Cano was found dead in Lincoln Park.
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Cano was found dead in Lincoln Park.

Judge Patrick Arre has sentenced Jersey City resident Jorge Rios, 35, to 30 years in New Jersey state prison for the March 24, 2019, murder and sexual assault of Carolina Cano, 45.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Shortly after 7:30 a.m., on March 24, 2019, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible body found in Lincoln Park in Jersey City.

Officers found the body of Cano, a Jersey City resident, in the lake in Lincoln Park.

Cano was pronounced dead at approximately 9:30 a.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be homicidal violence, including strangulation and water submersion and the manner of death to be homicide.

On March 31, 2019, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force arrested and charged Rios for the murder of Carolina Cano.

On June 19, 2019, a Hudson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Rios charging him with four counts related to the death of Cano.

The indictment charged Rios with Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Sexual Assault and Kidnapping.

Rios admitted to sexually assaulting and then strangling Cano in Lincoln Park and pleaded guilty to the charges on Feb. 3, 2020, according to the HCPO.

On March 4, Arre sentenced Rios to 30 years for the first-degree murder charge.

The crime of murder carries a mandatory minimum of 30 years of parole ineligibility.

Arre also sentenced Rios to 10 years with the requirement to serve 85 percent for the charge of aggravated sexual assault, which is to run concurrent to the 30-year sentence.

Upon release, Rios is subject to parole supervision for life and Megan’s Law.

The state was represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutor Najma Rana of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.