2 MEN SENTENCED IN 2015 SHOOTING DEATH OF MAYS LANDING MAN


MAYS LANDING- Two men who were convicted in January of felony murder for the 2015, killing of a Mays Landing man were sentenced on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

Sterling Spence
Maurice Burgess

Maurice Burgess and Sterling Spence were each sentenced as follows:

  • Felony Murder:  50 years in New Jersey state prison, subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Handgun: 8 years New Jersey state prison, 4 years without parole eligibility
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Person:  7 years New Jersey State Prison, 5 years without parole eligibility

All sentences are to be served concurrently for an aggregate of 50 years under NERA (85% without before parole eligibility). The third and final defendant Charles Wynn will be sentenced on April 18, 2019.

Devonte Molley, 23, of Mays Landing was shot and killed in Atlantic City on December 21, 2015.  In response to a 9-1-1 call, Atlantic City Police and emergency medical personnel responded on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 10:45 p.m. to the Baymont Inn & Suites Atlantic City Madison Hotel on the 100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard, for a report of a man found injured.

Upon arrival, police found Devonte Molley, 23, of Grant Avenue, Mays Landing, bleeding from an injury to his abdomen.Emergency medical responders transported Molley to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division Trauma Unit, where he was later pronounced dead.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene. An autopsy performed by the New Jersey State Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the abdomen, and the manner of death: homicide.

Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey represents the state in the matter.

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

 

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