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Atlantic County Legal Roundup: Guilty Plea, Indictment & Sentencing In Three Criminal Cases

Atlantic City Man Pleads Guilty to Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine

On September 8, 2023, Eric Malcom, 34 of Atlantic City, pleaded guilty to second-degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute over one-half ounce. The plea agreement recommends a seven-year New Jersey State Prison sentence.

Eric Malcolm
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On February 17, 2022, Malcom was arrested in Galloway, NJ after police conducted a motor vehicle stop of his car. A police canine on scene alerted handlers that there were narcotics in the car. A subsequent search of the car yielded several ounces of cocaine under the driver’s seat. Malcom admitted in his plea that he intended to distribute the cocaine.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 20, 2023 before the Honorable Joseph Levin, J.S.C.

Malcom will remain detained in the Atlantic County Justice Facility pending his sentence.

Vineland Man Indicted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

On September 7, 2023, Joseph J. Melini, 50, of Vineland, NJ was indicted by an Atlantic County grand jury for second-degree vehicular homicide based on his involvement in a motor vehicle crash in 2021.

On October 30, 2021, at approximately 8:10 p.m., Melini was involved in a motor vehicle crash in the 300 block of Delaware Avenue in Atlantic City while operating a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Melini’s passenger, Naisha Peterson, 36, of Mays Landing, NJ, was pronounced deceased at the scene as a result of the injuries she sustained.

Subsequent investigation revealed Melini was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the motor vehicle crash.

This fatal crash investigation was conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office’s Crash Investigations Unit.

These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Atlantic City Man Sentenced to State Prison for Pleasantville Robbery

On September 7, 2023, Rahmir Brown, 22, of Atlantic City, was sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison where he must serve 85% of his sentence before being parole-eligible for committing second-degree robbery.

Raymir Brown
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He was also sentenced to a concurrent five-year term in prison for unlawfully possessing a handgun.

The sentence was imposed after Brown pleaded guilty to the crimes in July of this year.

During that guilty plea, Brown admitted to brandishing a handgun and demanding money from a cashier at Joe’s Food Market in Pleasantville on December 4, 2021.

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