The shooting incident occurred late last year. According to Bergen County prosecutors, the two suspects fired more than 40 bullets into the Old Paramus Reformed Church in Ridgewood, NJ.
The suspects, a 22-year-old male and a 23-year-old male, allegedly used a high-powered rifle to shoot into the church.
The gunshots reportedly caused significant damage to the historic church windows that dated back to 1875.
Thankfully, no one was present inside the church when the shootings occurred.
The suspects were eventually linked to the shootings and placed under arrest. One of the men is from Somerville, NJ; the other man is from Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Bergen County NJ prosecutors are expected to offer the suspects plea deals that call for each man to serve a minimum mandatory sentence of more than 3 years in NJ State Prison.
If the suspects go to trial, they would face even stiffer penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, unlawful possession of a weapon such as a shotgun is a third degree felony and carries a potential sentence of 5 years in state prison.
While the criminal charges are pending, one of the suspects is free on $105,000 bail; the other suspect is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack NJ in lieu of $100,000 bail.
To learn more about this case, read the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Cousins Plead Not Guilty in Connection with Ridgewood Church Shooting.”