On October 20, 2022, Judge Thomas J. Shusted, Jr. sentenced John Divetro, 55, to a 17-year prison term in connection with the stabbing death of his girlfriend, Christine Madiraca, 52, in 2019.
On July 31, 2019, at approximately 10:11 a.m., Gloucester City Police responded to a wellness check for the victim at her residence on the 900 block of Bobwood Avenue in Gloucester City.
When officers made entry into the home, they located Divetro lying on the bed injured, and Christine Madiraca lying on the floor. It appeared that both had been stabbed.
Divetro was taken to a nearby hospital.
Christine Madiraca was pronounced deceased via telemetry at approximately 2:13 p.m.
On August 1, 2019, Divetro was charged with First-Degree Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose. He was indicted on October 23, 2019.
On September 14, 2022, DiVetro pled guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter.
In accordance with the provisions of New Jersey’s “No Early Release Act,” DiVetro must serve a minimum of 85% of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Legislation prohibits the parole board from releasing felons before they serve a minimum of 85% of their sentences as imposed by judges under the New Jersey sentencing guidelines.
DiVetro received credit for over 1,100 days served in jail. He is also subject to a mandatory five-year term of parole supervision after his release.