PENNSYLVANIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE


MAYS LANDING- A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to attempted murder after an attack on a woman in Atlantic City in July 2017, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

David Legette

David Legette, 54, of Bristol Township, PA, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of Attempted Murder.

On July 2, 2017, Legette met up with a Pennsylvania woman who had an active restraining order against him, following a previous romantic relationship. Around 10 p.m., on July 2, 2017, Legette and the victim were in the Caesar’s parking garage when he pulled out a knife and stabbed her 19 times. Legette then child-locked the car doors so she could not escape. As Legette was driving down Atlantic Avenue in Ventnor, the victim was able to reach out of the window and open the car door from the outside. She rolled herself out of the driver side rear door and into the middle of Atlantic Avenue. Witnesses saw her throw herself from the vehicle and her injuries included numerous stab wounds, a partially eviscerated intestine and a lacerated liver and spleen. Legette sped away in his car and witnesses called 911. At the scene, the victim was able to identify Legette as the individual that stabbed her.

On July 20, 2017, Legette was located in Bristol and he was arrested. Legette’s vehicle was impounded and the victim’s DNA was found inside.

Legette will be sentenced on July 20, 2018, exactly one year from the date of his arrest. He will be sentenced to 16 years in a New Jersey state prison, subject to the No Early Release Act and upon release will be subject to five years of parole.

This was a cooperative investigation between ACPO, the Atlantic City Police Department and Bristol Township Police Department. Assistant Prosecutor Bryna Batten represents the state.

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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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