An Atlantic City man was convicted today of murder for the 2012 shooting of a Pleasantville man, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.

Gregory J. Gibbs, 37, was found guilty of murder and three weapons possession charges for the Dec. 3, 2012 shooting death of Chikki Smith, 33, of Pleasantville following a trial before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael Donio. The jury deliberated for an hour and fifteen minutes. 

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Just before midnight on Dec. 3, Pleasantville Police responded to Main Street after receiving a report of shots being fired. Upon arrival, they discovered Smith's body in the parking lot behind Sam's Rialto Bar & Grill at 18 South Main Street.

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

Gibbs' murder conviction carries a sentence of life imprisonment in State Prison with a minimum of 30 years without parole. He must serve 85 percent of his sentence pursuant to the No Early Release Act. The three weapons possession charges carry potential penalties of 5-10 years imprisonment. 

Gibbs turned himself in after a story ran in the Press of Atlantic City saying a warrant had been issued for his arrest. 

Braden Campbell


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