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Not Guilty Plea for Man Accused of Lying in Lennon Baldwin Case

Michael Conway, 19, was indicted on false swearing charges in October.

The man accused of lying about his knowledge regarding the robbery of 15-year-old Lennon Baldwin in the Century 21 parking lot—which preceeded Baldwin's suicide at his Morris Township home later that month—pleaded not guilty to false swearing charges Monday, according to a Star-Ledger article

A Morris County grand jury indicted 19-year-old Michael Conway back in October, charging the Morristown resident with false swearing by giving authorities misinformation between April 6 and April 18 after he vowed to tell the truth.

His charges, and those handed down to two others, stemmed from several bullying incidents against Baldwin—first at Morristown High School and later in the department store parking lot. Authorities have argued that the high school freshman's March 28 suicide was a result of those acts.

Since Morris County Prosecutors announced charges against three Morristown men, Conway has been the only one of them publicly named, as he was the only adult at the time of the incidents in March.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office in August, however, issued a statement regarding new weapon possession and drug paraphernalia charges against several men including Conway—which ultimately took out his chance of receiving Pre-Trial Intervention, a program to dismiss cases for first-time offenders. That statement noted the office's concern over "the new allegations against Michael Conway and J'Money Wright Baxter."

Ultimately, the two still publicly-unidentified men took plea deals at the end of July, resulting in one-year probation sentences.

Conway is scheduled to again appear in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown on Jan. 7.

Sam December 05, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Totally agree, Cara. Moira, did you know Lennon or his family? They deserve resolve. Lennon was a GOOD kid, being mercifully BULLIED. This young MAN, Conway, lied, and when he could have gotten off lightly, he got caught with drug toys. This behavior boosts him from young man to MAN! And his father, who stuck up for him, should be ashamed! ...If you know your son has done wrong, keep a more watchful eye!
Sam December 05, 2012 at 09:03 PM
An assault and robbery of a 15 year old child...Who they stalked and scared to death. Lennon was a good kid, no matter what his skin color was! If you aren't current with this situation...keep your mouth shut!
Moira December 05, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Relax, Sam. And stop telling other people to keep their mouths shut. I'm very current with the situation. And I knew Lennon a bit. My son played baseball with him and his brother and liked them both. Still don't think a 19-year-old is a "man." The average age of dying soldiers in our wars, Cara, is 19. Not old enough to drink legally. I just shake my head about how we send our BOYS off to die in stupid wars.
Heath December 14, 2012 at 04:22 AM
He should rot in jail for life.
Heath December 14, 2012 at 04:27 AM
He IS guilty. He killed a boy. A boy who did nothing wrong to him.

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