15 Year Prison Sentence for False Alarm that led to Officer’s Death

Diana Hoffman receives a 15-year prison sentence after raising false public alarm that led to a State trooper’s death. June 6 of this year, state troopers were chasing Hoffman in her Ford Fusion at a high speed on the Garden State Parkway until she left the highway at exit 98 in Wall Township.

Hoffman ended up crashing her car and abandoning it on the side of I-95, where she fled to the surrounded woods. Shortly after, troopers found Hoffman, where she told investigators a man with a gun forced her to flee from the trooper. This false claim of a man with a gun indirectly led to the death of Trooper Marc Castellano. Castellano, a 29-year-old father of two, was part of a group of officers searching the wooded area off of I-95 in Howell. On the shoulder of the westbound lanes of the highway, Castellano was struck by a Volkswagen Jetta driven by a West Point military cadet.


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