MAYS LANDING – A former dispatcher for the Absecon Police Department was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday, Nov. 29 in connection with a 2015 crash that killed a pedestrian, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane M. Ruberton said Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Richard Doherty, 37, of the 1000 block of Bally Bunion Drive in Galloway, who was a telecommunications supervisor, was sentenced on an aggravated manslaughter charge in connection with the death of Alfonso Dickerson, 29, of Galloway.
Dickerson was killed when Doherty's car struck him while he was walking on the southbound shoulder of Tilton Road in Galloway at about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 6, 2015.
Doherty must serve 10 years and two months of the prison term before becoming eligible for parole, according to reports.
Ruberton said Doherty was taken into custody at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated. After an investigation, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office detectives arrested him and charged him with aggravated manslaughter.
According to Absecon Administrator Jessica Thompson, Doherty was suspended without pay immediately after the crash, and he resigned April 6, 2016.
He was lodged in the Atlantic County jail on $200,000 bail/bond and was indicted in July of 2015 on aggravated manslaughter charges.
Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey represented the state in the case.
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