MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man was indicted yesterday for the January 2016 killing of Steven Loughney inside his Atlantic City home, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
In response to a 9-1-1 call, Atlantic City Police responded on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 9:47 p.m. to a residence on the 200 block of South Metropolitan Avenue, Atlantic City, where the resident, Steven Loughney, 28, had been discovered dead inside his home, the victim of a shooting. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit also responded to the scene.
An autopsy performed the next day by Dr. Marianne Hamel of the Southern Regional Medical Examiner Office determined that the cause of death was a shotgun wound of the right groin, and the manner of death: homicide.
A nine-month-long investigation by detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department resulted in the arrest on October 5, 2016 of Kevin D. Quince, 27, of the 900 block of Baltic Avenue, Atlantic City, charged with Murder—a 1st degree crime, Felony Murder—a crime of the 1st degree, Robbery—1st degree, Conspiracy to commit Murder—1st degree, Conspiracy to commit Robbery—2nd degree, and weapons possession charges.
At 4:45 p.m. on October 5, 2016, Detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic City Police Department, with the assistance of the Pleasantville Police Department, arrested Quince without incident at a Pleasantville restaurant on Route 322, transported him to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for arrest processing, and lodged him in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $500,000 full cash/no bond bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Donna M. Taylor.
Quince remains in custody.
Yesterday, March 15, 2017, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Quince on seven (7) criminal counts:
- Murder—a crime of the first degree,
- Conspiracy to Commit Murder, 1st degree,
- Felony Murder—1st degree,
- Robbery, with a deadly weapon (shotgun)—1st degree,
- Conspiracy to Commit Robbery—1st degree,
- Unlawful Possession of a weapon (shotgun)—3rd degree, and
- Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose—a crime of the 2nd degree.
A conviction for murder—and for felony murder—carries a potential sentence of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison for a period of 30 years to life. The potential penalty for a 1st degree conviction is 10-20 years in prison, for a 2nd degree conviction: 5-10 years in prison, and for a 3rd degree conviction: 3-5 years of imprisonment.
Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey represents the State in the matter.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666. Witnesses may also contact the Atlantic City Police Department Investigations Division at (609)-347-5766 , the anonymous (confidential) Crime Stoppers tip line at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS), or text TIPCOP plus your tip to 274637.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until 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.