Accused Bully Faces New Charges, Stern Prosecution
Michael Conway's PTI request postponed after being charged with possession of a weapon, drug paraphernalia over the weekend in Morristown.
A 19-year-old–whose Pre-Trial Intervention request was postponed Monday on charges of falsifying statements to authorities regarding an alleged bullying incident of a Morristown High School freshman who later committed suicide–will be "aggressively prosecuted" if accusations he was in possession of a weapon and drug paraphernalia over the weekend are proven true, the Morris County Prosecutor said.
Michael Conway, who is accused of trying to cover up his involvement in a bullying incident of 15-year-old Lennon Baldwin, who later killed himself, was arrested again on Saturday.
Conway, J'Money Wright Baxter, Marcus Liles and an unnamed juvenile were charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A BB gun was found in the backseat of Conway's car, Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri said during his Pre-Trial Intervention hearing Monday morning.
Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi said in a statement Monday afternoon his office is taking the latest charges very seriously.
“We of course are very concerned about the new allegations against Michael Conway and J'Money Wright Baxter," Bianchi said. "If these allegations are proven, we are of heightened concern with regard to the escalating criminal behavior that is alleged with these charges."
The drug paraphernalia was a "separation gin" used for removing twigs and seeds from marijuana, according to an NJ.com article. The complaint described the weapons as an "imitation firearm" and an "air gun" and said the weapons were pointed at someone named "F.C," according to the article.
As a result of the arrest, DeNegri said the county was prepared to deny Conway's request for PTI, but agreed to an adjournment until Aug. 27 in order to review the case.
Conway is accused of making false statements to police regarding an incident in the Century 21 parking garage where Baldwin was robbed by two other Morristown High School students and told it was payback for one of them getting suspended after they had assaulted him at the high school. Baldwin killed himself in his home on March 28.
The two others, whose identities have not been made public in connection to the case because of their ages at the time of the incidents, took plea deals on July 24.
"Unlike juvenile matters, Mr. Conway is an adult and unlike the juvenile justice system where rehabilitation of the juvenile is the primary mission, in adult court deterrence and punishment will prevail," Bianchi said. "We will also evaluate the new charges against J'Money Wright Baxter, Marcus Liles and a juvenile who were arrested along with Mr. Conway.
"If the charges are proven against Mr. Conway it will clearly demonstrate that he has not heeded our message in the Baldwin matter and th[at] he is not fit for PTI or further effort toward rehabilitation and will be aggressively prosecuted."