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New Jersey Man Charged In Murder Of Teen In 1990

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By Steve Beck, John McDevitt and Robin Rieger

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J (CBS) — A New Jersey man turned himself in to police in connection with the murder of a teenager that occurred in 1990.

Forty-one-year-old Steven L. Goff, of Ventnor, New Jersey, turned himself into the Galloway Township Police Department Monday morning.

Goff was later charged with the murder of 15-year-old Frederick Hart. Investigators say Goff allegedly stabbed Hart multiple times with a knife in the woods in behind the Clubs Condominiums in Galloway Township on May 7, 1990.

On May 8, 1990, Hart was reported missing. In December of 1991, a hunter discovered human remains in the woods, which were later positively identified as Hart. The cause of death was unable to be determined from the remains.

Goff, who was 18-years-old at the time of the murder, faces one count of murder and one count of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

“I’m prepared to enter a guilty plea right here and now,” he said in court on Tuesday.

“I did the crime. I’m prepared to do whatever I have to do,” Goff added.

He is being held at the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $1 million cash bail. He has a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Those who know Goff say they aren’t surprised.

Anybody who’s known him slightly won’t be surprised,” said one person.

“When he would get angry, he would scream and holler,” said a Ventnor neighbor who did not wish to be identified.

Goff’s Ventnor neighbors say he rented the basement of a home on Hillside Avenue before Hurricane Sandy and then moved to the basement of another Hillaide Avenue home.

Records show Goff went to jail on an unrelated Atlantic County conspiracy to commit burglary charge on June 29, 1990, not long after Hart’s murder. Another conspiracy charged landed him in Burlington County jail in 1992.

He was writing a blog about spending time in prison.

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