Sunday, July 16, 2017

Atlantic City Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter, Weapons, Drug Charges

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man pleaded guilty today to aggravated manslaughter, weapons and drug charges in connection to a 2014 homicide in Atlantic City, First Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.
Omar Curry, 27, pleaded guilty before Judge John R. Rauh to first degree Aggravated Manslaughter, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and first degree Maintaining and Operating a Controlled Dangerous Substance Production Facility.
Curry, of the 100 Block of Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ was arrested August 26, 2014, in the 800 block of North Virginia Avenue as a result of an investigation conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the ACPO Gangs Guns and Narcotics Unit in conjunction with the Atlantic City Police Department.

On Friday, January 17, 2014, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Atlantic City Police were alerted of shots fired by the City’s Shot Spotter gunfire detection software. Police responded to the scene near the intersection of Texas and Arctic Avenues and discovered a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was identified as 32-year-old Nelson Viera.
Viera was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. An autopsy completed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Viera’s death a homicide.
In accordance with the plea agreement, Curry faces 20 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison, subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA), which mandates that the defendants must serve 85% of the sentence—or 17 years.

Curry remains in custody at the Atlantic County Justice Facility, to be returned for sentencing on Sept. 29, 2017.


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