TOMS RIVER – A Jackson police officer avoided prosecution by resigning from the department.

Eric Prosniewski, 48, a Jackson resident and 12-year veteran of the Jackson Township Police Department, resigned as part of his entry into Ocean County’s pretrial intervention program.

If he successfully completes the program, Prosniewski won’t have a criminal record.

The former police officer was charged with hindering the apprehension of a local business owner’s son in the 2015 murder of a business partner. Prosniewski’s legal team maintains he should never have been charged.

Daniele G. RomeodiSantillo, 30, is serving 30 years after being found guilty of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, money laundering, theft by deception and weapons offenses. He allegedly hired someone to kill business partner Peyman Sanandaji. He was shot dead April 9, 2015, inside Casanova Ristorante, which RomeodiSantillo’s father owns, in Romeo’s Plaza on South New Prospect Road.

The alleged shooter, Hector Calderon, 51, of Freehold, is awaiting retrial for murder, conspiracy to commit murder and weapons offenses. The jury was deadlocked and a mistrial declared last year.

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