Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Atlantic City Man Sentenced 18-Years for 2012 Shooting Death of AC Man

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man was sentenced Friday in connection with the 2012 killing of another Atlantic City man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On April 9, 2012, Atlantic City Police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to the 800 block of North Virginia Avenue, for the report of a shooting. Joseph Hurt, 32, of Atlantic City, was found dead behind a building, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds.

Luis Perez, Jr., then 22, of Pennsylvania Avenue, Atlantic City, was arrested two days later in Hamilton Township on unrelated charges by Major Crimes Unit detectives and officers of the Atlantic City and Hamilton Township police departments.
On April 13, 2012, Perez was charged by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility bail set at $750,000 full cash by Superior Court Judge Kyran Connor.
In accordance with a negotiated plea agreement, Perez pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter on Mar. 17, 2014, before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury.
Friday, Judge DeLury sentenced Perez to 18 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison. Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), Perez must serve 85% of the sentence, or 15 years and 3 months, before becoming eligible for parole.
Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy 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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