Craigslist roommate beat landlord to death with ‘heavy duty tape dispenser’ and other household items

Mary Carbone (Ocean County Sheriff

Mary Carbone (Ocean County Sheriff’s Office) and the scene outside the home where she killed Frank Stochel (YouTube/Asbury Park Press screenshot)

A 60-year-old woman in New Jersey will be going to prison after admitting to killing her 55-year-old landlord, beating him to death with “several household items,” including a heavy-duty tape dispenser and other household items. Mary Carbone on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated manslaughter in the 2020 slaying of Frank Stochel, authorities announced.

An Ocean County, New Jersey, grand jury in October 2021 indicted Carbone on charges of murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and tampering with physical evidence. Prosecutors said “legitimate proof issues” led them to make a deal with Carbone if she agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

Prosecutors said they are seeking a sentence of 10 years in a state correctional facility subject to the terms of the No Early Release Act, which requires the convict to serve at least 85% of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for parole.

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