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Toms River Man Convicted Of Trying To Kill Woman, Slitting Her Throat

Robert H. Hankins
Robert H. Hankins
A 65-year-old Toms River man was convicted Wednesday of trying to kill a woman by slitting her throat, police said.

A jury needed 10 minutes to convict Robert H. Hankins of first-degree attempted murder; third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. 

Hankins is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, March 28, before Judge Wendel E. Daniels at 9 a.m. He is facing potentially up to 26.5 years in New Jersey State Prison; on the attempted murder conviction alone, he is facing 20 years subject to the No Early Release Act.

Hankins has been continuously incarcerated since January 4, 2012 and now his bail has been revoked, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

On Dec. 31, 2011, at approximately 11:53 p.m., Hankins approached Diane Sasso, 58, of Whiting at the American Legion in Lakewood, pulled out a knife and slit her throat.

He then proceeded to go outside the American Legion and slit his own throat. Both victim and defendant were transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center, according to the prosecutor's office.

Sasso suffered life-threatening injuries since her anterior jugular vein was cut. She has not worked since that day and suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress), authorities said

The trial started on Tuesday, Jan. 21 and ended Wednesday February 12, 2014.  Assistant Prosecutor Ehsan F. Chowdhry prosecuted the case. The defense attorney is Michael G. Vito. 

The case investigators were Det. Thomas Tiernan and Det. Monica Schuler. They were instrumental in this guilty verdict, according to authorities. 
Paul E Taylor Jr February 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Man this guy looks like a creep like a serial killer
Gino De Lucia February 13, 2014 at 02:48 AM
Hang him by his you know whats because he's a total scumbag!
Rob February 13, 2014 at 05:26 AM
Looks like somebody tried to slit his throat
Barbara February 13, 2014 at 06:23 AM
Waste of a human being. May he suffer everyday of his life. Here's hoping there aren't many of them. Wishing the victim peace....
Mortimer Snerd February 13, 2014 at 07:52 AM
Rob, he tried to kill himself by slitting his own throat (as the article says). He's 0-2 as a slitting killer!
Joey Joe February 13, 2014 at 08:03 AM
One shady lookin character...
Gina February 13, 2014 at 08:14 AM
Way to ring in the new year!
Rob February 13, 2014 at 08:24 AM
I must have overlooked that.

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