Saturday, April 26, 2014

Atlantic City Man Gets Over 38 Years in Prison for 2012 Attempted Murder of Two Atlantic City Teens

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man has been sentenced to 38 1/2 years in prison for the 2012 attempted murder of two Atlantic City teens during the commission of a robbery, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On October 13, 2012 Atlantic City Police responded to the 300-600 blocks of North Indiana Avenue for a report of gunshots. On arrival police found two Atlantic City teens who had suffered gunshot wounds to the legs. 

One of the victims reported that the suspect had taken the victim’s Air Jordan sneakers from his feet after shooting him, and walked away. The victims were transported to the hospital for treatment.
Roger Howard, now 21, of Atlantic City, was charged with the crime on October 16, 2012, and arrested on December 5, 2012 by members of Atlantic City Police Department SWAT, Atlantic City Police Special Investigations Section and Intelligence Unit, Hamilton Township Police, and the FBI.
On March 21, 2014, Howard was found guilty on twelve charges: (2) counts of attempted murder, robbery, (6) counts of aggravated assault, and weapons possession charges.
Today, Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Donio sentenced Howard to 38.5 years in State Prison, 37 years of the sentence subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA). Pursuant to NERA, Howard must serve 85% of the sentence, or approximately 311⁄2 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.
Howard is currently serving a mandatory 3-year term of imprisonment for an unrelated handgun possession charge.
Assistant Prosecutor Emily Bell 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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