Avery Bracey, a Philadelphia man was sentenced yesterday and must serve almost 80 years in a New Jersey state prison before he is eligible for parole, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill has confirmed.

This is the penalty for the January, 2019 fatal shooting of a 21 year-old (man named) Ky’Lee Haynes.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, Atlantic County Superior Court Judge W. Todd Miller, J.S.C., sentenced defendant Bracey as follows:

  • 1st degree Robbery (17 years subject to the No Early Release Act)
  • 3rd degree Criminal Restraint (4 years)
  • 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (8 years, must serve 3.5)
  • 1st degree Felony Murder (50 years subject to the No Early Release Act)
  • 2nd degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (5 years, must serve 3.5)
  • 2nd degree Aggravated Assault (8 years subject to the No Early Release Act)
  • 3rd degree Possession of CDS (3 years)
  • 1st degree Attempted Witness Tampering (18 years)
  • 2nd degree certain persons not to possess a firearm (5 years without parole)

Shill confirmed:

The remaining convicted counts merged with the above.  Accounting for both consecutive and concurrent sentences, Bracey’s aggregate sentence is 98 years in New Jersey state prison, with nearly 80 years to be served without parole eligibility.

A jury had previously found Bracey guilty of these charges:

  1. 1st degree Robbery-2 counts
  2. 3rd degree Criminal Restraint
  3. 2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun
  4. 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose- 4 counts
  5. 1st degree Aggravated Manslaughter
  6. 1st degree Felony Murder
  7. 4th degree Aggravated Assault
  8. 3rd degree Terroristic Threats
  9. 2nd degree Aggravated Assault
  10. 3rd degree Possession of CDS
  11. 1st degree Attempted Witness Tampering (threat of force)
  12. 2nd degree Attempted Witness Tampering (bribery)

Additionally, Judge Miller found Bracey guilty of an additional count, of second degree unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted person.

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 609-652-1234or 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.

SOURCE: Atlantic County Prosecutor.

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