MAYS LANDING- An Atlantic City man, sentenced this morning in connection to the fatal shooting of another city man on March 12, 2018, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Howard Cassell, 30, was sentenced this morning before Presiding Judge Bernard DeLury to 5 years in New Jersey state prison for second degree Manslaughter subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA). Cassell had previously pleaded guilty to the charge.
Cassell’s sentence is in connection the shooting death of Da’Quan Montague, 23, also of Atlantic City, that occurred March 12, 2018, in the area of 18 North New Jersey Avenue in Atlantic City. Cassell was charged with second degree Reckless Manslaughter, second degree Possession of a Firearm without a Permit and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.
A third involved male, Tajai Hicks–Anderson, 23, also of Atlantic City, was charged with third degree Aggravated Assault and released on a summons.
The cooperative investigation was conducted by ACPO and Atlantic City Police Department. Assistant Prosecutor Aaron Witherspoon represents the state in the matter.
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.