Ventnor man charged in 1990 homicide tells judge he is guilty
MAYS LANDING -
Twenty-three years after allegedly stabbing a fifteen year-old boy to death, a now forty-one year-old man has turned himself into police.
"I'm prepared to enter a guilty plea, right here now."
With tears running down his face, forty-one year old Steven Goff stood in front of the judge in Mays Landing Superior Court repeating over and over that he is in fact responsible for the murder of a fifteen-year-old boy, who was killed 23 years ago, when Goff was just 18 years old.
"If that's what it takes sir, to expedite this. I did the crime sir, I am prepared to do what I got to do," said alleged murderer, Steven Goff.
According to the Atlantic County Prosecutors Office, Goff turned himself into police around six A.M. on Monday for the murder of 15-year-old Frederick Hart.
It is alleged that hart was stabbed multiple times in May of 1990.
According to police Hart was reported missing one day after the alleged stabbing. It wasn't until a year and a half later that a hunter discovered his remains somewhere in the woods located behind the Clubs Condominiums in Galloway Township.
The cause of death however was unknown at that time.
Now years later neighbors of Goff in Ventnor say this news is unsettling.
"You don't really know your neighbors. I mean you know them. You think you know them but you don't know them that well. I guess when you find something out, so shocking you start wondering who your other people on the street are," said neighbor, Charlotte Kazantzoglou.
While Goff said in court that he is guilty for Hart's murder, the judge said that he has the option of obtaining a lawyer or applying for public defender before his arraignment.
Goff is being charged on counts of murder and possession of a weapon and remains at the Atlantic County Justice Facility on a one million dollar bail.
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