Released: October 16, 2014.
Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Lindenwold Police Chief Thomas Brennan announced a Lindenwold man was sentenced Thursday to 45 years in prison for assaulting and sexually abusing two women from 2007 to 2011.
Howard Gregory, M/50, was convicted by a jury in May of four counts of 2nd degree Sexual Assault and one count of 1st degree Kidnapping. He also was found guilty of one count each of Simple Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Terroristic Threats.
In handing down the sentence, Superior Court Judge Edward McBride ordered that Gregory must complete 85 percent of his prison term before he is eligible for parole.
Gregory, who has legally changed his name to Seven Moon, was found guilty of engaging in sexual violence against his biological daughter who was a teenager when the assaults began. He was also convicted of assaulting his stepdaughter who was in her early 30s.
During the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Lauren Pratter presented evidence to the jury that portrayed Gregory’s home in the Arborwood Apartments as a “den of horrors,” where the victims were kept with little exposure to the outside world and were routinely violated. On one occasion the older victim was restrained and assaulted, and the defendant threatened to kill her son.
Law enforcement became aware of the assaults when the abuse became so frequent and severe the victims left the apartment and reported years of assaults to the police.
Both victims were present for the sentencing and read victim impact statements in court.
“I have endured, by the hands of Mr. Gregory, things that no animal should have to experience, let alone any man, woman, or child,” the older victim stated. “Judge McBride, it’s very hard to find the words to convey the hell my family and I lived in on a daily basis, not knowing when I would take my last breath.”
“I have lived in turmoil for years and have pain and scars that have yet to completely heal,” the younger victim stated. “I believe that Howard should receive the same mercy that he’s given to myself and my family, and that is none.”
The victims’ mother, Janet A. Robinson, F/59, of Lindenwold pleaded guilty to 2nd degree Witness Tampering and was sentenced in May 2013 to 364 days in jail and five years of probation. Robinson also was ordered to have no contact with the victims.