A Newton man who is currently serving a three-year prison term for drug-related charges and who, back in 2007, reportedly threatened to “shoot up” a party in Phillipsburg, was sentenced to 54 days in the county jail on unrelated charges stemming from an altercation that allegedly involved a weapon at the Merriam Gateway Apartments in May.
Tyron Singleton, 28, was indicted in July on charges of third-degree terroristic threats, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. Under a plea offer, the charges were amended to one count of harassment, a disorderly persons offense, and one count of disorderly persons simple assault.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Sept. 12.
Singleton was credited for 54 days already served in the county jail. He will be required to pay mandatory fines and fees.
Represented by public defender Thomas Militano in state Superior Court in front of Judge William J. McGovern III, Singleton said that on May 7, he was at home in an apartment inside the Merriam Gateway complex in Newton when he got into an altercation with a woman.
During the incident, Singleton said he used profanity and caused alarm to the female by squeezing her arm with such visible force that it caused bruising. He had grabbed her arm, he said, to prevent her from leaving the apartment.
Singleton said the duo had gotten into a fight over another woman.
On June 21, Singleton was sentenced to three years at Bayside State Prison in Leesburg for various unrelated charges over a span of many years.
Those charges included possession of crack cocaine and heroin after police arrested him after search and arrest warrants were issued by Phillipsburg Police and the Warren County Narcotics Task Force. He had been arrested in March 2015 after a month-long investigation inside his then-home in Phillipsburg.
Singleton will be released from state prison on March 12, 2018, according to the state’s Department of Corrections.
According to the Express-Times, prior to his 2015 arrest, Singleton was found guilty in 2008 of threatening to “shoot up” a party in 2007 in Phillipsburg and had faced a mandatory three year prison sentence. It could not be determined how much of that sentence he served.