N.J. Man Gets 190-year Sentence for Killing 3 Parents in Front of Their Young Kids
A man convicted of strangling and drowning one ex-girlfriend and fatally shooting another as well as her new boyfriend has been sentenced to 190 years in prison.
An Essex County man, 30, convicted last December of brutally murdering three people in 2016 while their children were present in a two-day killing spree was sentenced Tuesday to 190 years in prison.
On Tuesday, Essex County Judge Ronald D. Wigler sentenced Jeffrey Holland to 60 years for each of the January 2016 murders and another 10 for being a convicted felon with a weapon.
Holland’s parole hearing won’t come up for 158 years, says acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II.
The man’s victims were Newark residents Tiniquah Rouse, Ashley Jones, and Jarrell Marshall.
Authorities allege Holland strangled and drowned Tiniquah Rouse, 21, on Jan. 29, 2016, in her bathtub before sexually assaulting her and desecrating her remains. He then put her 5-month-old baby boy in an apartment closet, covering him with clothes and left the home. Rouse’s “desecrated” body was later found by a family friend; the baby was unharmed. According to prosecutors, Holland and Rouse had been involved in a relationship.
The next day, Holland went to the Newark apartment of 23-year-old Ashley Jones – another ex-girlfriend who had a restraining order against him – where he shot her and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Jarrell Marshall, just a short distance away from three children ages 1, 3, and 4. Jones and Holland were the parents of two of the children who were present during the murder. The third child, a 3-year-old girl, was Marshall’s daughter from a previous relationship. All three children were also physically unharmed when found.
“We heard six to eight gunshots, and then after the gunshots were finished, that little girl said, ‘Where’s my mommy? Where’s my mommy?’” neighbor Vernice Cromer told Eyewitness News in 2016.
“The sheer depravity and violence that occurred in this case is incomprehensible,” Assistant Prosecutor Justin Edwab said in a statement.
“This defendant brutally killed three innocent people and in the case of Rouse desecrated her body. His crimes are even more cruel because they were carried out in the presence of very young children, including two of his own children.”
Holland told the jury during his trial that he did not mean to kill Rouse who, according to Holland, had suffered a seizure during sex and denied killing the other two victims.
But investigators said they uncovered surveillance video placing Holland at the crime scenes. In addition, investigators found internet searches for New Jersey’s laws regarding murder and numerous threatening text messages.
On December 12, 2018, a jury found Holland guilty of 18 counts, including three counts of murder, desecration of human remains, hindering, felony murder, burglary, theft, unlawful possession of a weapon and multiple counts of endangering the welfare of a child.