A man convicted of several rapes in Middlesex County has had some of his convictions reversed due to trial errors.

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In a ruling released Monday, New Jersey's Supreme Court threw out Bruce Sterling's convictions in two alleged sexual assaults in New Brunswick in 2002 and 2005.

The court upheld a separate rape conviction as well as a burglary conviction.

In a 6-1 ruling, the justices held that Sterling shouldn't have been tried for two of the sexual assaults and the burglary in the same trial, and that the burglary evidence shouldn't have been introduced at a second trial.

Sterling was convicted at both trials and sentenced to 80 years.

Justice Barry Albin dissented, writing that all the convictions should have been reversed.

 

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