Atlantic City man faces life in jail for Pleasantville death conviction

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - An Atlantic City man will most likely spend the rest of his life in New Jersey State Prison after he was sentenced for his conviction in the 2012 murder of a Pleasantville man.

Gregory J. Gibbs, 37, of Atlantic City was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 20-year sentence for unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain.

Because the jail terms are to be served consecutively, Gibbs will not be eligible for parole until he has served 73.75 years in prison, McClain said.

As a result, Gibbs would be nearly 111 years old before he could go free.

Gibbs was sentenced for the murder of Chikki Smith, 33, of Pleasantville, who was found shot to death in a parking lot behind a popular South Main Street bar, McClain said.

Pleasantville’ Police found Smith’s body at around midnight Dec. 3 behind Sam’s Rialto Bar and Grill, 18, S. Main St. when they investigated 9-1-1 reports of shots fired.

A homicide investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department led to Gibbs’ arrest one month later. Gibbs was indicted for the murder in July 2013.

 A jury found Gibbs guilty of murder, possession of a firearm for unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a firearm by a convicted person following a one-day trial on April 17.

“Justice was served, and Gibbs is now prevented from doing this to someone else,” Assistant Prosecutor Edmund Mallqui-Burgos said.


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