- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) - A man with a history of crime and drug problems was found shot to death in an apartment in New Jersey.

Mercer County prosecutor’s spokeswoman Casey DeBlasio says detectives are investigating 53-year-old Michael DiMattia’s death as a homicide. He was found in his Hamilton, New Jersey, apartment with multiple gunshot wounds.

DiMattia was a sports star in high school but his later life was plagued by drugs and crime. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of a drug dealer in 1990 and weapons and drug charges in later years.

His attorney, Jerome Ballarotto, says DiMattia worked in the check-cashing business and was loved by many, including a long-term girlfriend. He suspects that drugs may have played a role in DiMattia’s death.

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