- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - An appellate court has rejected a New Jersey man’s bid to overturn his conviction and sentence for running his ex-girlfriend’s car off a highway and slashing her face and arm.

NJ.com (https://bit.ly/1trzGze) reports that the panel rejected arguments made by 35-year-old James Sgambati of Parsippany. He was convicted in 2011 on numerous charges stemming from the September 2007 incident on Route 280 and is now serving a 10-year state prison sentence.

In upholding the trial court’s verdict and sentence, the appellate court rejected claims that a witness tampering charge should have been heard in a separate trial to avoid undue prejudice.

It also rejected arguments the trial court failed to instruct jurors to limit how the witness tampering charge affected their judgment on other charges.

Sgambati also claimed his 10-year aggregate sentence, with three years of parole ineligibility, was excessive.



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Information from: NJ.com, https://www.nj.com

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