Saturday, March 15, 2014

Two Atlantic City Teens Sentenced to 15 years in Prison for Attempted Homicide

MAYS LANDING – Two Atlantic City teens have been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to an attempted homicide in which a 16-year-old boy was significantly injured, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On Friday, March 14, Luis Carmargo, now 19, and Keanan Butcher, now 18, both received 15-year New Jersey State Prison sentences for attempted homicide and weapons offenses in connection with firing multiple shots into a group of teenagers outside of an Atlantic City apartment complex.

On Oct. 17, 2011, Carmargo and Butcher fired multiple shots at a group of teens standing outside of the High Gate Apartments located on the 600 block of Absecon Boulevard. A 16-year-old male from Atlantic City, was struck and sustained a non-fatal gunshot wound to the shoulder.
Following an extensive investigation by the Atlantic City Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Shooting Response Team, Carmargo and Butcher were charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.
Both defendants were initially charged as juveniles, but subsequently waived up to adult criminal court.
On Jan. 24, both defendants pleaded guilty admitting to firing several shots at the group of teens with the intent of causing serious bodily injury that could cause death.
In accordance with the plea agreement, Carmargo and Butcher were sentenced to 10 years for the attempted homicide charge. Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), they must serve eight years and six months before becoming eligible for parole. 
They will also be sentenced to an additional five years, of which they must serve a minimum of three, for the weapons offenses. In total, the defendants will be required to serve a minimum of 11 1⁄2 years of the 15-year sentence before reaching parole eligibility. Upon release, they will be subject to an additional five years of parole supervision, according to Assistant Prosecutor Edmund Mallqui-Burgos, who represented 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 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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