Paul Schofield Jr. : Man Gets Probation for Homicide

Paul Schofield Jr., the man originally charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide in the death of Edward Morris, has been sentenced to one year of probation. In addition to probation, Schofield will also have to pay $1,000 in restitution and undergo a substance abuse evaluation, according to court records.

Schofield was initially awaiting trial for the charge of Criminally Negligent Homicide, but prosecutors later reduced the charges to third-degree assault as part of a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor and faced a maximum of one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,300.

The incident took place in the Forty Acres part of Wilmington, Delaware. On April 29, police responded to a call regarding an injured person at the 1900 block of North Scott Street. The victim, Edward Morris, a 53-year-old resident of Newark, was transported to the hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

The case was assigned to Detective Brianna Rodrigues of the Criminal Investigations Division. Through her investigation, Detective Rodrigues determined that an altercation had occurred, resulting in Morris’ death. Further investigation, in collaboration with the Delaware Division of Forensic Sciences and the Delaware Department of Justice, led to the presentation of the case before the New Castle County Grand Jury on September 26.

The Grand Jury returned an indictment against Paul Schofield Jr., who is 57 years old. Schofield was taken into custody and charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide and Assault (Second Degree). He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 20 and released after posting $5,000 in secured bail.

This sentencing brings some closure to the tragic incident that occurred in Wilmington. The victim’s family can now begin the healing process as they mourn the loss of Edward Morris. The plea deal and reduction in charges may have been reached in order to expedite the resolution of the case and to spare the family from a lengthy trial.

It is important for individuals to understand the consequences of their actions and to be held accountable for any harm caused to others. The sentence of probation, along with restitution and a substance abuse evaluation, aims to provide Schofield with an opportunity to reflect on his actions and make positive changes in his life moving forward.

As the community continues to grapple with this loss, it is crucial for everyone to prioritize peaceful resolutions and to seek help or intervention when conflicts arise.

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