Saturday, April 19, 2014

Atlantic City Man Convicted of 2012 Fatal Shooting of Pleasantville Man

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man was convicted of murder in Atlantic County Superior Court for the 2012 fatal shooting of a Pleasantville man, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
Today, an Atlantic County jury found Gregory J. Gibbs, 37, of Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ, guilty of murder and three weapons possession charges for the December 3, 2012 shooting death of Chikki Smith, 33, of Pleasantville, in a parking lot behind a bar on South Main Street in Pleasantville.

Just before midnight on Dec. 3, 2012, Pleasantville Police responded to Main Street after receiving a 9-1-1 report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police discovered the body of Chikki Smith in the parking lot behind Sam’s Rialto Bar & Grill at 18 South Main Street, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds.
A homicide investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department led to Gibbs’ arrest one month later. Gibbs was indicted for the murder in July 2013.
Today, after a one-day trial before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Donio, Gibbs was found guilty by the jury of murder, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a handgun, and certain persons not to have firearms.
The murder conviction carries a sentence of life imprisonment in State Prison with a minimum of 30 years without parole. Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), 85% of the sentence must be served before becoming eligible for parole.
The three weapons possession charges are 2nd degree crimes that carry potential penalties of 5-10 years imprisonment.
Gibbs remains lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility pending sentencing, scheduled before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Donio on June 9, 2014.
Assistant Prosecutor Edmund Mallqui-Burgos represented the State in the case.
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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