Former Neptune Township, NJ Police Sgt. Philip Seidle Sentenced To 30 Years For Manslaughter
Some of you might remember this case that we originally reported in June 2015.
To recap, Phillip Seidle was a 22 year veteran of New Jersey’s Neptune Township Police department. On June 16, 2015, he chased his ex-wife as she was driving. The couple has 9 children ranging from ages 7 to 24, but the 7-year old daughter was the only child in the car with Phillip. He rammed his wife’s car causing her to crash into another vehicle.
Phillip Seidle got out of his car, drew his 40 caliber Glock service pistol, and fired several shots into the side of his ex-wife’s car. He then positioned himself in front of his ex-wife’s car and fired several more shots through the windshield. Tamara died. The couple had been divorced for 3 weeks.
Dash Cam Video
The following video was taken by a citizen after Seidle killed his ex-wife. There was a stand-off with his fellow officers begging him to put the gun down and give himself up.
Seidle was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder, 2nd Degree unlawful possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and 2nd degree endangering the welfare of a child. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
On September 29, 2016, after the impact statements and Seidle apologizing to his children and responding officers, the judge handed down the sentence. Seidle was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for release. Seidle is 52-years old.
Seidle’s sentencing hearing with impact statements
News sources: New Jersey News