Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk reported a teen charged with killing a 12-year-old Clayton girl in 2012 has pleaded guilty.
Justin Robinson, 16, of Clayton, pleaded guilty Wednesday to Aggravated Manslaughter in connection with the October 20, 2012 death of Autumn Pasquale. The plea, which carries a sentence of 17 years, 85 percent of which must be served before parole eligibility, came after Robinson was voluntarily waived from juvenile to adult court by Gloucester County Juvenile Court Judge Colleen Maier. Robinson was 15 at the time of Autumn’s killing. Superior Court Judge Walter Marshall Jr. presided over the Wednesday hearing, in which Robinson admitted to fatally choking the child.
Autumn brought her bicycle to Robinson’s East Clayton Avenue home about 2:45 p.m. on October 20 after Robinson invited her to his residence through Facebook so that he could work on her bike and potentially exchange parts. She was reported missing that night by her family. Her body was found the next day in a recycling bin behind an abandoned home adjacent to Robinson’s home.
When Autumn met Robinson and was killed, Robinson’s mother and stepfather were not home.
Due to a conflict of interest involving the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office superceded the case and assigned it case to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office in February.
Prosecutor Faulk’s press conference can be viewed at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ejs6aHv0mc
A 17-year-old from Clayton is also charged in connection with Autumn’s death. His charges, which are also being handled by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, are still pending in Juvenile Court in Gloucester County before Judge Maier.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 12 before Judge Marshall in Gloucester County.