Autumn Pasquale Killer Takes Plea Deal, Faces 17 Years

Justin Robinson waived himself to adult court and pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Justin Robinson has pleaded guilty to killing Autumn Pasquale in October 2012.
Justin Robinson has pleaded guilty to killing Autumn Pasquale in October 2012.

Reported by Matt Skoufalos.

One of the two brothers accused of killing Clayton resident Autumn Pasquale in 2012 has voluntarily waived himself up to adult court and is taking a plea deal in the case, a source in the courtroom said Wednesday.

Justin Robinson, who was 15 when the incident occurred, will face the possibility of 17 years in state prison in pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter, the source said.

In pleading guilty, Robinson indicated in a signed statement he acted alone, and his older brother had no idea what was going on. Robinson also said his mother and stepfather weren't home when Pasquale was killed.

“I lured a girl I knew was Autumn to the house with Facebook messages,” Robinson said in court, where both his family and Pasquale's family were gathered. “I put my hands around her neck to choke her. I realized it could've caused her death, and I understand it did.”

Pasquale, 12, was killed in October 2012. The Clayton community launched a massive search for her when she was reported missing after leaving home to ride her bike. Her body was found in a recycling bin days later.

The case added another wrinkle when Pasquale’s family—critical from the start of the law enforcement operation to find Autumn—threatened to take the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office to court in a civil lawsuit. That prompted the case to change hands to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, which is now handling the prosecution.

The case is still being tried in Gloucester County, and Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr. is handling the proceedings.

Robinson will be sentenced Sept. 12 at 9 a.m. in open court.

There's no word yet on what will happen with the other brother, the courtroom source said.

Additional reporting by Lauren Burgoon.

Barbara J Miller August 07, 2013 at 03:02 PM
I don't agree with plea deals, I never have.....I never will. They weaken the system. Beautiful Autumn had her whole life ahead of her and it was taken away from her by a cruel viscous monster.....17 years doesn't come close to what he deserves....it should be life with no parole.....I rest my case !!!
Richard Bartholomew August 07, 2013 at 03:25 PM
After dealing with Gloucester Cty.prosecuters office I would take a plea instead ofgettingnothing.
john D'anna August 07, 2013 at 07:07 PM
ah yes,yet another injustice,and the corrupt criminal justice system keeps rolling along...you can get a harsher penalty for bootlegging movies
Harry Knowles August 07, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Can someone tell be if Autumns family requested the plea deal??? Makes no sense to me. If he serves he whole sentence he gets out at the age of 34 with a good part of life still a head of him. Sure seems like taking a life just doesn't mean anything more.....
Donna More' August 08, 2013 at 07:45 AM
I agree with you Matt. How sad that this murderer will get to enjoy his life at the expense of Autumn's life. I am sorry that our justice system is so corrupt. Disgusted is more like it.
Robert McCann August 08, 2013 at 08:52 AM
17 years ? That`s insane . THAT is what`s wrong with our failing justice system. This parasite will be out at 34 years old looking for another victim. Why didn`t the older brother try to stop him from murdering Autumn ? They should both be charged with 1st degree murder and put away for life.
Schu August 08, 2013 at 10:35 AM
17 years for murder, wow..sounds wrong on so many levels.
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) August 08, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I will repeat what I said on our Facebook page here: any comments advocating violence, murder, vigilante justice, revenge, etc., will be removed. We do not support these kinds of remarks on Patch.
jeff August 08, 2013 at 02:47 PM
hell, you can get more time stealing cable....17yrs for murder???? no way!!!!it should be life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Loretka August 08, 2013 at 03:18 PM
These guys who get minimal prison time for murder should never be let out into society. After they serve their time, they should all be put on an island, away from society, and left there to live out their lives amongst each other.
Dorothy Sinkler August 08, 2013 at 08:49 PM
This beautiful little girl will never become a teenager, she will never go to high school, she will never attend her prom, she will never fall in love and get married, and all because two hoodlums thought her life was nothing. I disagree with a 17 year sentence, he should have been tried as an adult and given a life sentence without parole. He will come out of jail at the age of 34 a seasoned criminal, never an asset to society. If I was her mother I would have never agreed with this light sentence. Rest in peace, Autumn, we love you.
life time resident August 08, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Robert McCann, the article says " Robinson indicated in a signed statement he acted alone, and his older brother had no idea what was going on." I don't necessarily agree with the sentence either, but I don't see how you can make the statement "They should both be charged with 1st degree murder and put away for life"unless you know something no one else does.
Terri August 09, 2013 at 05:03 PM
I also blame the parents of Autumn, where were you when scum bags like this are walking the streets ?? Watch your kids closely or they could kill you over a bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ryan August 09, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Parents cannot be everywhere all the time.
lmiller08096 September 12, 2013 at 03:30 PM
I believe there will be justice in the end.


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