A 33-year-old Galloway Township man has admitting using two baseball bats to beat his father to death.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner says James Sopuch, Jr., has pleaded guilty to killing his father in October of 2015.

Sopuch, Sr. was found dead in his home at 96 Trotters Lane in Galloway Township, on April 25, 2015. In a cooperative investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Galloway Township Police Department who secured witness statements and collected evidence, which ultimately led to the arrest of the victim’s only son, James Sopuch, Jr., as the suspect in his father’s death. Evidence determined that Sopuch Jr., brutally beat his father to death with two separate baseball bats and an autopsy revealed that the victim died of blunt force trauma to his head, resulting in his death.

According to Tyner, “We may never know the secrets of this family that remain behind closed doors.  However, family violence continues to contribute to sad, tragic incidents that rip apart the fabric of our community.  As a result, the Sopuch family was decimated by alcohol and domestic violence, at the hands of James Sopuch, Jr."

Sentencing is scheduled for April 12th, but it appears Sopuch, Jr. will serve 30 years in prison, with no early release.

 

SOURCE: ACPO News Release

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