Thursday, November 14, 2013

Atlantic City Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter for 2012 Murder

MAYS LANDING — An Atlantic City man has pleaded guilty to strangling a 23-year-old Atlantic City woman in May of 2012, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On Wednesday, Nov. 13, David J. Williams, 48, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for killing Siddiqah Bryant, who was discovered dead inside of a parked van on the 1800 block of Arctic Avenue, behind the Atlantic City Bus Terminal, on May 17, 2012.
An autopsy later confirmed Bryant’s cause of death to be strangulation and declared the death a homicide.

On July 30, 2012, at the conclusion of an extensive investigation conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Atlantic City Police Department and the Sinton (Texas) Police Department, Williams was charged with murder and tracked to Sinton, Texas, where he was apprehended.
During the plea, the defendant admitted to strangling the victim with a telephone cord during an altercation at an Atlantic City motel on May 16, 2012. The defendant further admitted that after he strangled the victim, he placed her body into her vehicle and drove to the location where the victim was discovered; abandoning the vehicle and fleeing for Texas the next day.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Williams will be sentenced to 25 years in New Jersey State Prison, subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA), according to Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer, who represented the State.
Williams must serve 85-percent of the sentence, or 21 years and three months before becoming eligible for parole.
Williams will be sentenced by Superior Court Judge Michael Donio on Jan. 31, 2014.

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 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 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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