Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pleasantville Man Sentenced 30-Years in Jail for 2010 Murder

MAYS LANDING – A Pleasantville man was sentenced this morning to 20 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a Pleasantville man in 2010, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On May 10, 2010 at 9:18 p.m., Pleasantville police responded to 29 West Park Avenue for a report of a man shot outside a convenience store. Upon arrival, Scott Godfrey, 21, of Pleasantville, was found dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Godfrey was pronounced dead at 9:35 p.m. via telemetry by Dr. Eric Wolk, of the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, and a subsequent autopsy determined that the victim died of gunshot wounds to the chest, back, and leg.

A three-year investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department led to the arrest on July 1, 2013 of Jerome A. Byrd, now 30, of East Merion Avenue, Pleasantville.
Byrd was arrested at his residence at that time on the 6000 block of the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township. Egg Harbor Township Police assisted with the arrest.
Byrd was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $1 million cash bail, where he has remained.
An Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Byrd for murder on October 16, 2013.
On Sept. 9, 2014, in accordance with a plea agreement, Byrd pled guilty before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Kyran Connor to Aggravated Manslaughter, a 1st degree crime.
Today, Judge Connor sentenced Byrd to incarceration in New Jersey State prison for 20 years.
Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), Byrd must serve 85% of the sentence— 17 years in prison—before becoming eligible for parole.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Maher 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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