Toms River man convicted in near-fatal attack
Robert Hankins of Toms River was also convicted on weapons charges in the 2011 attack at a crowded party in Lakewood.
The Asbury Park Press reported that the Ocean County jury deliberated for just five minutes before returning its verdict Wednesday. Prosecutors said they would seek a prison term of nearly 27 years for Hankins when he is sentenced March 28.
Witnesses testified that Hankins put the 58-year-old victim in a chokehold and slashed her neck. He then took the same knife and slit his own throat.
Prosecutors said the woman had sent a letter to officials of the post several weeks before the attack, claiming that Hankins had been threatening her and that he frightened her.
Hankins' $250,000 bail was revoked after the verdict was handed down Wednesday.