The Verona man who was a suspect in the December murder of Joan Galligan (left) was arrested today in Florida. The suspect, Herbert Maisenbacher, 57, is being held in Florida, pending extradi
ction to New Jersey.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office news release identifies Maisenbacher as a resident of Verona. Maisenbacher’s son is a veterinarian in Gainesville, where Maisenbacher was arrested.
An arrest warrant for Maisenbacher was issued yesterday. Bail is set at $1 million. If convicted, Maisenbacher faces 30 years to life.
“We are thrilled with the news,” Galligan’s daughter, Kimberly Cicala, told us by e-mail.
It is bittersweet in a way, of course, but we know that the arrest is a necessary step toward reaching resolution for my mom, and for the people she left behind. I look forward to Mr. Maisenbacher’s return to New Jersey and to our going forward with the criminal proceedings. I hope my mother is smiling down on us.