Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Lawyer: Prosecutor Grandstanding In Toms River 4-Year-Old Shooting Case

The lawyer for the Toms River man whose 4-year-old son shot and killed a 6-year-old playmate last month accuses the prosecutor in the case of grandstanding.

Attorney Robert Ebberup addresses the media
Anthony Senatore’s attorney Robert Ebberup addresses the media. (Jason Allentoff, Townsquare Media NJ)

Toms River attorney  Robert Ebberup read a prepared statement outside his office this morning, saying there’s not a day that goes by that his client 33-year-old Anthony Senatore doesn’t feel pain and sorrow for what happened in April.

“While we did not know him in life, we have come to learn how amazing little Brandon Holt was,” read Ebberup.

 

Creating A Spectacle

In the statement, Ebberup accuses the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office of grandstanding, which he feels could prevent Senatore from having a fair trial.

Ebberup says the Prosecutor’s office created a “spectacle” in arresting Senatore at his Bayville home in front of his wife and children without warning as they ate dinner after Senatore fully cooperated with the investigation. Ebberup says his client would have surrendered at the location of the Prosecutor’s choice.

Senatore has waived his initial appearance in Toms River municipal court scheduled for Thursday Atlantic County. although Ebberup will still meet with a judge. Senatore was taken into custody Monday evening from a Bayville residence and posted $1e00,000 bail and was released from the Ocean County Jail.

Senatore is being charged with five counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of children and one count of third degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Senatore has also been charged with a disorderly person’s offense for enabling access by minors to a loaded firearm.

A Family Grieves

Green ribbon tied around a tree outside St. Joseph's Church in Toms River
Green ribbon tied around a tree outside St. Joseph’s Church in Toms River (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

The father of Brandon Holt, 6-year-old boy shot by Senatore’s son, talked to the media for the first time in the driveway of his home about the charges. “I’m glad he has charges against him,” Ronald Holt said according to the Star Ledger. “I know it’s not going to bring my son back.  It’s a relief that, you know, that something’s being done about it.”

Ronald and his wife are still dealing with the loss of Brandon. “I think about him everyday,” Holt said. “You know, I always picture when he was laying there — when he was laying in the golf cart, shot.” He tries to remember the good times they shared but then  “I get upset, and I get like a sick feeling in my stomach, because I knew he a lot to live for.”

On Monday, April 8, Senatore’s 4-year-old son gained access to an unsecured .22 caliber rifle in Senatore’s bedroom, took the gun outside of and fired a single shot, which struck 6-year-old neighbor, Brandon Holt, in the head. Holt was transported to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead the next day.

FULL COVERAGE: 4-Year-Old Shoots 6-Year-Old In Toms River

Rosetta Key contributed to this report

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!