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Man pleads guilty in brutal Memorial Day murder

Gary Wilson of Bridgewater plead guilty in the death of Carolyn Stone.

Gary W. Wilson, 28, of Bridgewater, plead guilty today to the murder of Carolyn Stone at her Oak Street, Bridgewater home.

Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano said on May 24, 2009, Bridgewater Police responded to Stone’s residence on Oak Street on a report of a suspected homicide. Stone was found in a partially undresses with obvious signs of severe trauma to her head, face and neck.

Authorities charged Wilson and two co-defendants, Rocky Ditaranto, 25, and David Granski, Jr., 24, both of Bridgewater. In August of 2009, the defendants were charged with four counts of first degree Murder, one count each of Aggravated Sexual Assault, 1st degree; one count each of Conspiracy to Commit Murder, 1st degree and one count each of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Sexual Assault, 2nd degree.

Wilson plead guilty to one count of Felony Murder, 1st degree. Wilson’s plea agreement calls for a sentence of 45 years in State Prison with 85% of the sentence to be served before Wilson is eligible for parole under the No Early Release Act. Wilson will also be required to testify truthfully against his co-defendants as part of the plea agreement. The balance of the indictment will be dismissed against Wilson.

Wilson entered his guilty plea before Superior Court Judge John H. Pursel. Sentencing is scheduled for September 7.

The cases against remaining co-defendants Ditaranto and Granski are now pending trial.

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