FREEHOLD – A Monmouth County Grand Jury has returned a 9-count indictment charging two Asbury Park residents in connection with the homicide of a 57-year old male at a senior citizen complex in the same town back in April, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Knowledge B. Allah 54, and Martha Sanders, 70, both of Asbury Park, were charged in the indictment, which includes charges of first degree Murder for Allah, and additional charges of second degree Disturbing Human Remains, second degree Conspiracy to Disturb Human Remains, three counts of third degree Hindering Apprehension of Oneself, third degree Hindering Apprehension of Another and fourth degree Tampering with Physical Evidence, for both Allah and Sanders in connection with the death of Salah Ali, 57, of the same town.
Allah was first charged with the murder of Ali on April 11, 2018. Ali’s body was found deceased on the morning of April 11 inside the Dr. Robinson Towers, located at 1000 Third Avenue. Asbury Park police responded to a 911 call around 11:18 a.m. requesting first aid for a fall victim at the complex. Police arrived to find the deceased victim lying in a stairwell of the building with an apparent stab wound. After continued investigation, Martha Sanders was subsequently charged by detectives on July 11, 2018 for offenses involving covering up the homicide.
If convicted of first degree Murder, Allah faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The sentence comes with a 30-year period of parole ineligibility and is subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.
Both Allah and Sanders face a separate sentence of up to ten years in prison if convicted on either of the second degree offenses of Disturbing Human Remains or Conspiracy. Allah and Sanders also face up to five years on each third degree crime and 18 months on the fourth degree offense.
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The cases are assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Caitlin Sidley and Joseph Lanzot.
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