Man pleads guilty to 2007 fatal shooting in Jersey City

A Linden man has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Jersey City resident Michael Marro, Jr. in 2007.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, on April 22, Zia Berisha, of Linden, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter before Judge Patrick J. Arre.

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On November 6, 2007, Jersey City police officers responded to the home of Michael Marro, Jr. on Warren Street where they found a lifeless Marro, Jr., 39, who had been fatally shot and beaten.

The state is recommending a sentence of 20 years in New Jersey state prison subject to the No Early Release Act for the aggravated manslaughter which would run consecutive to a 15-year federal sentence against Berisha related to a 2009 plea for a charge of Conspiracy to Distribute Ecstasy.

Berisha, 46, had previously been convicted of the murder of Michael Marro, Jr. by a Hudson County jury and sentenced to a 30-year term in State Prison in 2010, but in 2019 that conviction was overturned by a state Appellate court and was remanded for a new trial.

Sentencing has now been scheduled for July 16, before Judge Arre.

The State is represented by Assistant Prosecutor Christina Krauthamer of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office