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Indictments Filed Oct. 17

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By Vince Conti

Readers are reminded that not only are all individuals listed below presumed innocent unless proven guilty, but there may also be multiple individuals who share the same name, even in the same town.

COURT HOUSE – A Cape May County grand jury handed up 16 indictments Oct. 17. 

The abbreviation CDS below stands for controlled dangerous substance.  

A “certain person” charge can be brought against individuals whose previous convictions bar them from having weapons. 

John P. Linnington, Christa N. Linnington, James P. Linnington, Marianne N. Linnington and Marie J. Britton were all named in a 21-count indictment. All five individuals jointly face a third-degree count for conspiracy to commit witness tampering. Christa Linnington, Marianne Linnington, James Linnington and Britton were all indicted on individual counts of witness tampering in the third degree. John Linnington was named in one count for witness tampering and one count for attempted witness tampering, both third degree.

The remaining 15 counts in the indictment name John Linnington individually. He faces first-degree attempted murder. John Linnington also faces three counts of second-degree aggravated assault, three counts of third-degree aggravated assault, and one count of fourth-degree aggravated assault, two counts of third-degree criminal restraint, one count of third-degree making terroristic threats and one count of third-degree contempt. In addition the indictment names John Linnington in a third-degree count for possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and a fourth-degree count for unlawful possession of a weapon, a metal curtain rod.

These counts involved a victim who fit the definition for domestic violence. They are related to events that spanned a period from October 2021 to February 2022 and involved incidents in Lower Township, Cape May Point and Middle Township. John Linnington has been housed at the Cape May County Correctional Facility since April 2022.

Robert Chester was indicted on three fourth-degree counts for resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a weapon, an Ozark Trail Knife, and certain person, due to a 2011 conviction for possession of a CDS.

Philip J. Martin faces a fourth-degree count for harassment while on probation. Martin is currently lodged at the county jail.

Earl J. Cozart and Genesis Rodriquez were indicted together and jointly face a third-degree count for receiving stolen property, a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Cozart also faces a third-degree count for hindering apprehension. Rodriquez is named in a third-degree count for possession of a CDS, cocaine.

Khile D. Gibbs was indicted in a single fourth-degree count for making a fake report to a law enforcement officer.

Christopher Arnold was named in a seven-count indictment, including three second-degree counts for possession of a CDS with intent to distribute, methamphetamine, intent to distribute within 500 feet of public property, the North Wildwood boardwalk, and possessing a weapon while committing a certain CDS crime, an 11-inch fixed blade knife. The indictment also contained three counts for third-degree possession of a CDS, methamphetamine, clonazepam and diazepam. The final count was for certain person in the fourth degree due to the knife possession and a conviction in 2018 for possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose.

David A. Moyer, Stephanie Brown and David J. Fletcher were separately and individually indicted for third-degree possession of a CDS. The drugs were buprenorphine, methamphetamine, and Phencyclidine (PCP).

Mark A. Cucchi Jr. faces a four-count indictment with two counts for third-degree burglary, one for third-degree theft and the final count for fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Rene Valentine was indicted for third-degree endangering the welfare of a child with the count involving the possession of child pornography.

Pedro Delgado-Perez faces a count of first-degree attempted murder, along with three second-degree counts, two for unlawful possession of a weapon, a handgun, and certain person, arising from a 2018 conviction for burglary which barred Delgado-Perez from possessing a weapon.

Carlos L. Molina-Vega was indicted for third-degree possession of a CDS, fentanyl xylazine, and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, a folding knife. A final count of fourth-degree certain person arises from a 2013 conviction for burglary.

James C. Warner was named in a second-degree count for endangering the welfare of a child related to the possession of child pornography.

John Gillespie was indicted for first-degree aggravated sexual assault, along with second-degree sexual assault. Two additional counts for second-degree endangering the welfare of a child are related to the possession of child pornography.

Anthony P. Rivera faces a single count of fourth-degree certain person for the possession of an Ozark Trail Steel Knife after being barred from possession of a weapon due to a 2014 conviction for attempted burglary.


Vince Conti is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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