Guilty verdict in 2012 murder of Pleasantville man

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A jury convicted an Atlantic City man of gunning down a Pleasantville man in 2012 in the parking lot of a popular downtown restaurant, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said. A jury convicted an Atlantic City man of gunning down a Pleasantville man in 2012 in the parking lot of a popular downtown restaurant, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said. HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A jury convicted an Atlantic City man of gunning down a Pleasantville man in 2012 in the parking lot of a popular downtown restaurant, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

An AtlanticCounty jury found Gregory J. Gibbs, 37, of Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, guilty of murder and three weapons possession charges, McClain said. The verdict was issued Thursday, April 17.

Gibbs was charged in connection with the Dec. 3, 2012 shooting death of Chikki Smith in a parking lot behind Sam’s Rialto Bar and Grill, 18 S. Main St., Pleasantville.

Pleasantville police discovered Smith’s body around midnight when they responded to 911 reports of multiple shots fired, McClain said.

Smith sustained multiple bullet wounds.

Police arrested Gibbs following a month-long investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department. Gibbs was indicted for the Smith’s murder in July 2013.

Following a one-day trial, the jury found Gibbs guilty of murder, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a handgun and for certain persons not to have firearms.

Gibbs faces life imprisonment in state prison on the murder conviction with a minimum of 30 years without parole.

The three weapons possession charges are second-degree crimes that carry penalties of 5-10 years imprisonment.

Gibbs remains lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility pending sentencing on June 9 before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Donio.

Assistant Prosecutor Edmund Mallqui-Burgos represented the state during Gibbs’ trial.

 

 


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