The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office announced the charge against William H. Jenkins Jr. on Wednesday afternoon. William Jenkins is in custody in Ontario County, New York, after sheriff’s deputies detained him early Tuesday morning for an alleged parole violation, Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Prior to charging him, Ritts said William Jenkins, 34, was considered “a person of interest” by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
If convicted on the first degree manslaughter charge, William Jenkins could be sentenced to 10-30 years in prison, Bergen County prosecutors told NFL.com.
The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene, a family friend of Jenkins, The Associated Press reported. Police and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the death as a possible strangulation/suffocation incident, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported. The probe remains ongoing.
The home, located in Fair Lawn, is about 10 miles north of MetLife Stadium. Janoris Jenkins has listed the home as his residence for two years, according to the AP.
Jenkins, 29, is entering his seventh NFL season and his third with the Giants. New York opens training camp July 25.
Dennis Calo, acting prosecutor for Bergen County (N.J.), says in a statement that a formal press release will be issued tomorrow on the arrest and aggravated manslaughter charge against Janoris Jenkins' brother, William, in the death of Roosevelt Rene. For now, no further info.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 27, 2018
SOURCE: NFL.com – Austin Knoblauch