NJ convicted felon gets 15 extra months leaving halfway house

NEWARK, N.J. –– A convicted felon was sentenced today to an additional 15 months in prison for escaping from a halfway house, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Joseph Reid, 40, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with one count of escape from federal custody. Judge Cecchi imposed the sentence today by videoconference.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Jan. 26, 2010, Reid was sentenced to 151 months’ imprisonment following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. On Sept. 17, 2019, Reid was transferred to the custody of the Toler House Residential Reentry Center, a halfway house located in Newark.  On Dec. 31, 2019, after failing to return to the Toler House on an approved day pass, Reid was charged with escape.

The additional 15 months in prison for which Reid was sentenced today will run consecutively to the remainder of his original sentence for drug distribution.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the U.S. Marshals Service, under the direction of Marshal Juan Mattos, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Fayer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.