On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Silver Iwuchukwu, age 28, of Jersey City, was found guilty by a Hudson County jury of Aggravated Sexual Assault, a first-degree crime, following two days of trial testimony. The jury deliberated for approximately 20 minutes before returning their guilty verdict to the sole count of the indictment.
The jury found Iwuchukwu guilty of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old female victim from Jersey City on October 29, 2017. The assault, which was captured on surveillance video, occurred in his basement apartment on West Side Avenue in Jersey City. The victim was unconscious during the aggravated sexual assault and did not know the defendant prior to the assault.
Iwuchukwu faces between 10 to 20 years in state prison for the aggravated sexual assault and will have to serve 85 percent of any sentence imposed without the possibility of parole. The conviction will also subject the defendant to registration under Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life.
Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mitzy-Galis Menendez, P.J.S.C., who presided over the trial, has remanded Iwuchukwu to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending sentencing. Judge Galis-Menendez is scheduled to sentence the defendant on September 6, 2019.
The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Baginski.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit investigated the case.