MAYS LANDING – A Galloway Township man received a 12-year prison sentence on November 29, 2016 for an Aggravated Manslaughter charge stemming from a February 6, 2015 fatal pedestrian motor vehicle crash, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane M. Ruberton announced today.
Richard Doherty, 37, of the 1000 block of Bally Bunion Drive, Galloway Township, NJ was sentenced by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Patricia Wild to 12 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison.
On February 20, 2015, members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office arrested Doherty pursuant to a warrant for Aggravated Manslaughter and Doherty was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $200,000 bail/bond set by Superior Court Judge Sandson.
An Atlantic County Grand Jury indicated Doherty on July 22, 2015 on the charge of Aggravated Manslaughter, a crime of the First Degree.
Yesterday, Judge Wild sentenced Doherty to a term of 12 years in incarceration in New Jersey State Prison. Doherty must serve 10 years and 2 months of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey represented the State in the case.
** Original Release**
On February 6, 2015 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Galloway Township Police responded to Tilton Road for a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Crash Unit also responded to the scene.
Upon arrival police found the body of Alfonso Dickerson, 29, who had been struck by a vehicle driven by Richard Doherty, 36, of the 1000 block of Bally Bunion Drive, in Galloway Township. Dickerson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Preliminary investigation determined that Dickerson was struck while walking on the southbound shoulder of Tilton Road. Doherty was taken into custody at the scene, and charged with Driving While Intoxicated.
As a result of a continuing investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Crash Unit and the Galloway Township Police Department, Doherty was charged today with aggravated manslaughter—a 1st degree crime—for “recklessly causing the death of Alfonso Dickerson under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, specifically by driving while highly intoxicated.”
Doherty was arrested without incident in Pleasantville. Doherty was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $200,000 full cash bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson.
Doherty is employed by the Absecon Police Department as a telecommunications supervisor.
A conviction for this crime carries a potential sentence of 10 to 30 years of incarceration in New Jersey State prison.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases a charged defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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 http://www.acpo.org/tips.html 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 http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.