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Parkway Murderer Robert Marshall Denied Sentence Reduction

Subject of best-selling book filed for a reduced sentence, based on deteriorating health.

Convicted murderer Robert Marshall lost a bid to reduce his life sentence this week, according to a statement from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Marshall applied to Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels to reconsider his 2006 decision to sentence Marshall to life with 30 years parole ineligibility. Marshall cited his deteriorating health as a reason for applying.

In a written opinion, Daniels denied Marshall’s request to change his sentence,  noting that the Court was aware of Marshall’s health at the time of the re-sentencing in 2006, and that Marshall’s present health condition does not rise to the level of severity he claimed warranted his release.

Judge Daniels also noted that the crime for which Marshall was convicted and sentenced - the murder of his wife - was taken into account in denying his bid for a reduced sentence.

Marshall had been sentenced to death in 1986 for the 1984 murder of his wife, Maria, at a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway. The case became the subject of the best selling book, Blind Faith (pictured).

In September 1984, Marshall, who was chairman of the Ocean County Chapter of the United Way fund, was with his wife, Maria, while they were traveling north on the Garden State Parkway from Harrah's in Atlantic City.

Marshall claimed that when he and his wife pulled over at the Oyster Creek picnic area in Lacey Township, he was then knocked unconscious. He later found his wife dead from two gunshot wounds.

Marshall was arrested in December 1984. Prosecutors argued that Marshall had hired two men to kill his wife so that he could collect on a $1.5 million insurance policy. He was later convicted of the murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection.

New Jersey no longer has the death penalty. In 2006, Marshall was resentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole in eight years.

Jersey joe December 08, 2012 at 11:06 PM
This highlights the problems with this countries educational system. Don't these ignorant people know how to add. In jail since 1984 resentenced in 2006 with a required 30 year period of parole ineligibily Thirty years added to 1984 is 2014, Eight years added to 2006 is 2014. Can these people use their God given brains?
XJS December 09, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I think you mean country's, not countries.
alright December 10, 2012 at 06:21 AM
I knew he had killed his wife when I heard about the murder that Sunday morning in 1984. Who waits at a rest deserted reststop to rob someone? He needs to die in prison. Where is his principal girlfriend now?
Chuck Ruff December 10, 2012 at 01:33 PM
The evidence against him was overwhelming. He claimed he had a blowout on the Parkway, even though they found that his tire was slashed. When he pulled off on the rest are, he pulled way back into the woods where he wouldn’t be seen. And since he was afraid of being shot himself, he asked the hit man to shoot his wife, but to just give him a knock on the head. Most damning were the number of insurance policies he took out on his wife with himself as the beneficiary, right before the murder. Ironically, he was convicted of the murder, but there wasn’t enough evidence to convict the guy who did the actual shooting.
mayfairwitch1 December 10, 2012 at 02:57 PM
yes for some reason I thought the coward asked for only a flesh wound but it was a conk on the head. They also had all those phone records of calls back and forth to Louisiana, where the shooter came from. Poor woman was asleep in the car...

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