Elizabeth man sentenced to prison for beating woman

EDISON — An Elizabeth man was sentenced to eight years in New Jersey state prison for severely beating a 30-year-old woman with a section of pipe and leaving her for dead at Raritan Center in Edison, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.

Mickey Vanderpool, 61, must serve 85 percent of the prison term before he can be eligible for parole under the sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas in New Brunswick on June 26.

The prison term was imposed after Vanderpool pleaded guilty on March 23 to a second-degree count of aggravated assault for attacking the woman in the days preceding June 21, 2016.

The plea agreement was reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Allysa Gambarella.

Vanderpool was charged during an investigation by Detective Joseph Kenney of the Edison Police Department, and Sgt. Wayne Canastra and Detective George Stilwell, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

During the investigation it was determined that Vanderpool met the woman in Newark, and drove her to Raritan Center in Edison, where he repeatedly struck her about the head with the pipe and left her for dead.

The woman wandered around the industrial complex for an unknown amount of time, possibly a day or more, before she was found by a utility worker and asked for help. Police were called to the scene.

The woman was taken to JFK Medical Center in Edison, where she was treated and released.