- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) - The shooting death of a New Jersey man with a history of crime and drug problems has been ruled a homicide.

The body of 53-year-old Michael DiMattia was found Thursday in his Hamilton apartment with multiple gunshot wounds.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s office waited until Friday morning’s autopsy results were released to declare his death a homicide.

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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