ATLANTIC CITY — A city man who had a short career as a pro boxer was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for his role in the killing of another local man in 2014.

Omar Curry, 27, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter, unlawful possession of a weapon and maintaining and operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility in July and will now spend at least 17 years in prison before he is eligible for parole, according to a statement from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Curry was accused of fatally shooting Nelson Viera, 32, of Atlantic City, about 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 2014, near Texas and Arctic avenues. Viera was pronounced dead at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in the city.

Curry made his debut as a pro boxer Aug. 23, 2014, in a lightweight bout at Bally’s Atlantic City. He boxed with the city’s Police Athletic League as a child. Three days after his debut, police arrested and charged him in Viera’s killing.

— John DeRosier

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I joined The Press in January 2016 after graduating from Penn State in December 2015. I was the sports editor for The Daily Collegian on campus which covered all 31 varsity sports and several club sports.

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