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Jefferson Man Gets 25 Years for Gas Station Death

Ronnie Fedo must serve 85% of his sentence under "no early release" policy.

Ronnie Fedo, 34, of Lake Hopatcong, was sentenced on Friday to   25 years in prison for the murder of Nisan Ambaroglu, the owner of the Getty gas station on Route 15.

Judge Stuart Minkowitz imposed the sentence after hearing from both assistant prosecutor Brian DiGiacomo and Fedo’s attorney, Joseph Afflitto, Sr. Minkowitz also heard statements from Fedo and his mother, Susan Lally and from Marut Ambaroglu and Talar Sarafian, son and cousin of the victim.

Fedo accepted a plea agreement of aggravated manslaughter in exchanged for having the more serious charge of felony murder dropped. Under the agreement, Fedo must serve 85 percent of his sentence, which amounts to 21 years, three months and one day before being eligible for parole. He was given credit for 249 days served.

Gerard Misk, attorney for the Ambaroglu family, said they were pleased with the outcome.

“They are pleased with the work of the prosecutor and are grateful to the judge for doing what had to be done in this case,” Misk said.

Afflito said he didn’t have much more to add to what had been said in court.

“I thought the kid deserved more consideration than he got,” Afflito said. “He’s not a violent person. This was a bad situation that came to a horrible ending. Obviously the judge was concerned with his prior history.”

Fedo had other brushes with the law, including drug arrests and providing false information to a law enforcement official.

NJNets March 02, 2012 at 07:50 PM
This is one tragic situation. I'm sad to see that something as silly as a few lotto tickets has basically taken the lives of two people. Ronnie Fedo was a harmless guy with a big heart, I’m sure the family of the victim understandably see him differently. It makes me sad to see how badly one stupid decission can change your life and the lives of two families in minutes. I have known Ronnie for a long time, and although at times he may have been a misguided, he was still a warm and kind hearted guy, the kind of friend you were always happy to see no matter what! I’m sad to know that he will be spending so many years behind bars for something I truly believe was a tragic mistake on his part. Robbing a store is wrong yes, but had he been arrested and charged for that alone there would be two people (along with their families) looking towards the future!....Such sad and tragic story in so many ways.
Jennifer panas March 02, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I have known Ronnie fedo and his family for yrs they use to live by me. He is not a bad guy . He has a big heart would do anything for anyone. I can't believe he is going to be in there in for so long. My heart go out to the fedo fam. Love you guys
JS March 03, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Unless you have had a friend or family member murdered you can't imagine how it feels to hear people say "what a nice kid" the murderer is, "he had a big heart". Well Mr. Ambaroglu was a nice man too and Mr. Fedo's stupid criminal actions took his life. My sympathy is with the victim and his family not the murderer's. I do agree that this was a sensless tragedy but to say that Ronnie made a "mistake" is an insult to all.
Christine March 03, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I have sympathy for both families. 25 yrs was an extremely harsh sentence. This was not an intentional murder. This was a split second, bad decision that unfortunately ended tragically due to the actions of both involved. I don't believe for a minute that this man went into the gas station that day w/ any intention other than to simply buy a pack of cigarettes. If only the poor man that lost his life would have let the police handle this situation, things would have turned out differently for both men, and he would still be here today. So sad for all!
Mark Rabtzow March 05, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Ronnie Fedo - a Nice Big-Hearted guy who mearly dragged a man to his death. Twenty-five years is such a long time, especially compared to the eternity the victim will be dead. I'm sure Ronnie's cell mates will show him the same compassion that he showed to the victim. We can have confidence that Ronnie will find an equally kind-hearted fellow who will take care of him through the years.
LT March 06, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Finally! Someone with a brain.. These people are incredible. He heartlessly killed a man for 5 bucks worth of stuff.. Lotto tickets?! It's not even a necessity. Disgusting. I hope his cellmate has a really big "heart" LOL
Armenian March 06, 2012 at 03:41 PM
You guys are all pathetic, how can a person who murdered someone be "a nice big hearted guy" ? That is not possible, he is murderer. Unless any of you guys lose someone in your lives to murder, then start speaking. 25 years is a generous sentencing for taking someones life, he deserves to be dead. But for now I hope he enjoys jail.

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