MAYS LANDING — It took almost six years for prosecutors to charge Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello in the 2012 murder of veterans advocate April Kauffman, but it took less than two hours for a jury to find him guilty.
Augello, 62, a sign maker and retired member of the Pagans outlaw motorcycle club from Upper Township, was found guilty Tuesday of the murder of Kauffman and conspiracy to murder her husband, Dr. James Kauffman, as well as leading a drug ring.
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Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy, who tried the case, said Augello is looking at more than 100 years in prison. He is slated to be sentenced Dec. 5.
“This is for the media, folks,” Augello yelled as he was shackled and taken out of the courtroom. “I did not kill Mrs. Kauffman, nor did I pay anyone to kill Mrs. Kauffman. Joe Mulholland and his cousin killed Mrs. Kauffman.”
Mary Linehan, Augello’s defense attorney, declined to comment after the verdict.