Jersey City man pleads guilty to aggravated manslaughter

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On April 8, Jersey City resident Rand March, 66, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter related to the death of his girlfriend, Kimberly Haston which occurred on Nov. 23, 2020 in Jersey City.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, March admitted in court to using a knife to cause the death of Haston.

The State is recommending a sentence of 25 years in New Jersey state prison subject to the No Early Release Act.

On Nov. 23, 2020, at approximately 1:45 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department Emergency Services Unit responded to an apartment on Court House Place to perform a welfare check on a senior resident.

When officers gained access to the apartment, they found a lifeless Kimberley Haston, age 67, on the floor with a laceration to her neck.

Haston was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 3:52 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be sharp force injury to the neck and the manner of death to be homicide.

March, who shared the apartment with Haston and was in the apartment at the time, was taken into custody by JCPD police officers.

He was later arrested and charged by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.

Sentencing in this case is scheduled for June 16 before the Honorable Paul DePascale,  who accepted the guilty plea.

The State is represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Baginski of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.