Trenton, NJ (Mercer) – Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri has recently made an announcement regarding the promotion of Michael C. Borgos to the position of deputy first assistant prosecutor. The swearing-in ceremony for DFAP Borgos took place last month at the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse, with the Honorable Peter E. Warshaw, J.S.C., presiding over the ceremony.
DFAP Borgos began his career as an assistant prosecutor with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office in 2001, following a one-year criminal clerkship in Camden County. Over the course of his 22-year tenure with the office, he has held various positions, including line AP in units such as Juvenile, Trial, Domestic Violence, Special Investigations, Special Victims, and Homicide. Additionally, he has served as the Prosecutor’s Office liaison to the Mercer County Drug Court. Notably, during his time in the Special Investigations Unit, DFAP Borgos played a crucial role in several long-term investigations into large-scale narcotics distribution rings and assisted in multiple wiretap investigations. Furthermore, his three years in the Special Victims Unit allowed him to apply the investigative skills he acquired to victim-centric prosecutions.
In 2014, DFAP Borgos was appointed as the chief of the Juvenile Unit, a position he held until 2016 when he was named chief of the Grand Jury Unit. As the chief of the Grand Jury, he was responsible for assisting in the development of new internal systems to address Criminal Justice Reform. In addition to overseeing units such as Trial, Grand Jury, and Detention, as well as the Recovery Court, DFAP Borgos also plays a crucial role in the Internal Affairs and the Officer-Involved Shooting Response units. Since 2019, he has served as the executive assistant prosecutor.
Throughout his career, DFAP Borgos has handled several high-profile cases, including State v. Lamar Gibson et al., State v. Anthony Kidd et al., State v. Plesi Nichols and Anthony Roberson, and most recently, in September, he achieved a guilty verdict in the double homicides of State v. Tyzir Hamilton while working alongside DFAP Kathleen Petrucci.
In addition to his accomplishments in the legal field, DFAP Borgos has also shown a strong passion for teaching criminal justice topics. He currently oversees the Training Unit for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and serves as a regular lecturer at the Mercer County Police Academy, where he also acts as the MCPO liaison. Moreover, he has delivered lectures to school officials, local police departments, and CLE courses for attorneys, covering subjects such as search and seizure law. DFAP Borgos has also served as an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey and Rutgers University – Camden, teaching undergraduate courses related to the criminal justice system.
DFAP Borgos obtained his bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College (PA) in 1997 and went on to earn his law degree from Rutgers School of Law – Camden in 2000.