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Jersey City Man Sentenced to 28 Years for Best Buy Armed Robbery

Michael Guirguis, 39, from Jersey City, has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for a 2022 armed robbery at a Morris County Best Buy. He will be ineligible for parole for 23.75 years.

Key Takeaways
  • Michael Guirguis was sentenced to 28 years for armed robbery of Morris County Best Buy.
  • Guirguis must serve 23.75 years before being eligible for parole, which is 85% of his total sentence.
  • He was convicted of armed robbery, shoplifting, unlawful weapons possession, and resisting arrest, with eight prior criminal convictions.

Armed Robbery and Assault at Best Buy

Michael Guirguis entered the Best Buy on Route 10 in East Hanover on May 28, 2022. He forcefully removed multiple iPads and iPhones valued at approximately $4,500 from the store’s display.

During his escape, he brandished a knife at a store employee and another individual outside, threatening them as he fled with the stolen items.

Police Arrest Guirguis in Best Buy Parking Lot Confrontation

Responding swiftly to the scene, police found Guirguis in the parking lot still armed with the knife and in possession of the stolen electronics.

He was arrested by force after failing to comply with police commands and the immediate danger he posed to the public and law enforcement.

Judge Amirata Sentences Guirguis to 28 Years

In March, following a trial, Michael Guirguis was found guilty of armed robbery, shoplifting, unlawful weapons possession, and resisting arrest.

Judge Ralph Amirata of the Morris County Superior Court handed down a 28-year sentence, with Guirguis ineligible for parole for nearly 23.75 years, constituting about 85% of the total sentence.

This reflects the severity of his actions and their threat to community safety.

Local Law Enforcement’s Role in Guirguis’ Arrest

The investigation that led to Guirguis’ prosecution was a collaborative effort involving the East Hanover Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office General Investigation Unit.

By November 2022, Guirguis had eight prior criminal convictions, contributing to the severity of his sentencing.

This case shows the serious results of violent crimes and how well our justice and police systems handle such serious offenses.