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Life Sentence For Wood-Ridge Man Convicted Of Beating, Burning Realtor

Daniel Rochat of Wood-Ridge.
Daniel Rochat of Wood-Ridge. Photo Credit: File Photo

WOOD-RIDGE, N.J. — A Wood-Ridge man who last year was convicted in the 2012 bludgeoning and burning of a 70-year-old East Rutherford realtor was sentenced to life in prison, NBC reports.

Daniel Rochat, a Waldwick native, was accused of breaking into Barbara Vernieri’s East Rutherford home, bludgeoning her and then setting fire to the body in what prosecutors said was an attempt to avoid detection, Daily Voice reported.

In addition to murder, jurors convicted him of aggravated arson, burglary, desecration of human remains and hindering his own apprehension.

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