40 Years in Prison for Morris Man Who Robbed, Killed Father

Randolph man will be eligible for parole after 34 years.

A Randolph man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in February, Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp announced Friday.

Brendan Matos, 28, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder, first-degree robbery and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.

Matos killed his father, Nelson, on July 5, 2011 while robbing him of about $1,000 at their Randolph home. Matos admitted using his father’s gun, despite not having a firearm permit due to a prior felony conviction in Florida.

Police found Nelson Matos’ car in the brush near Greystone Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, which led them to his Randolph home. Once there, they found Nelson Matos dead.

Brendan Matos was found hiding on Old Dover Road the next morning by Parsippany Police.

With the sentencing by Judge Mary Whipple, Matos is required to serve 85-percent – or 34 years – before he becomes eligible for parole under the No Early Release Act.


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