Brennan Doyle, 18, of Colts Neck pleaded guilty on Thursday in Monmouth County Superior Court to one count each of Attempted Murder and Carjacking, according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
In the early morning, 12:30 a.m., of Sunday July 8, 2013, Doyle, then 16, forced himself into the Bray Street home of a then 41 year old woman. He stabbed her repeatedly, took her car keys and fled the scene with her vehicle. The car was found later that day at the Strathmore Shopping Plaza in Aberdeen.
The victim was treated at an area hospital and discharged several days after the attack.
Doyle admitted to Judge Francis J. Vernoia today that he repeatedly stabbed the victim and fled the scene with her car. As a result of the plea agreement, Doyle faces a sentence of between 14 and 15 years in State Prison subject the the No Early Release Act which requires that at least 85% of the sentence be served before he can be released on parole. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Vernoia on October 29.
Doyle avoided arrest for almost three months after his crime. He was arrested on October 18, 2013 after an investigation that included calls for public assistance from the Prosecutor’s Office based upon a State Police sketch artists rendering.
Doyle remains free on bail of $760,000 until sentencing.
Doyle’s attorney, Mitchell Ansell of Ocean Township, moved to have the indictment dismissed in March of this year. Judge Vernoia ruled that the Grand Jury acted impartially and fairly and upheld the indictment. Had the case gone to trail, Ansell was to argue diminished capacity due to extreme intoxication, according to published reports.