MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man was sentenced in the December 2016, shooting death of an Atlantic City woman, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
On Thursday morning, Judge Donna Taylor sentenced Joseph McCoy, 45, for the murder of Jacqueline Hoyle to a 50 year sentence in New Jersey State Prison pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA). He was also sentenced to concurrent prison terms for Unlawful Possession of a Handgun and Certain Person Not to Possess a Handgun.
Starting on Dec. 20, 2016, an intensive 2-day investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department led to the issuance of a warrant complaint for murder and weapons possession charges against McCoy of 326 North Tennessee Avenue, Apartment 3, Atlantic City.
“The fairness of our justice system will permit this killer to live, albeit in prison, for the next fifty years. He didn’t give Jacqueline Hoyle that same chance when he cut her life short,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.
Atlantic City Police responded on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 4:22 a.m., to 326 North Tennessee Avenue, Apartment 3, Atlantic City, NJ, for a report that a woman had been found dead inside the home.
Atlantic City EMS, AtlanticCare paramedics, and detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit also responded.
Upon arrival, police found Jacqueline Hoyle, 24 years-old, of the same address, dead of an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.
An autopsy performed on Thursday, December 22, 2016, by the New Jersey Southern Regional Medical Examiner Office determined the cause of death to be a single gunshot wound, and the manner of death: homicide.
This case was a cooperative investigation between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department. Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Robinson represents the state.
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.