MAYS LANDING — A longtime gambler admitted Monday that he stalked and killed a casino shift supervisor last year to avenge what he claimed was cheating by all the gaming halls.
Mark Magee, 58, pleaded guilty to murder Monday, and faces a 30-year prison term when he is sentenced Aug. 12. He would have to serve the full term under the plea agreement.
The Norristown, Pa., man showed no emotion as he recounted the May 27, 2009, killing of Ray Kot, a man he knew from his frequent trips to Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City.
“I followed him all day,” Magee told Superior Court Judge James Isman. “I stalked him. I was going to kill him.”
There were five bullets in the .38-caliber revolver Magee said he brought onto the casino floor. He waited a few minutes after seeing Kot walk into the card and dice room.
“I just walked in, asked the security guard to move and shot (Kot) three times,” Magee said in what Isman called a “chilling” account.
The victim’s widow, Nancy Kot, cried out, then doubled over and sobbed in her seat just two rows behind Magee. The couple’s son, Drew, a high school junior, sat next to her, struggling to maintain his composure. His eyes began to redden as others consoled his mother.
“My belief was that the casinos, not only the Taj but all casinos in Atlantic City, are cheats,” Magee said.
In 25 years as a casino patron, Magee said he came to believe games are electronically manipulated, then added: “I stand by those beliefs and welcome an investigation.”
Trump Entertainment CEO Mark Juliano, who sat by Nancy Kot during the hearing, later struggled to understand Magee’s reasoning. He called Magee’s remarks “ludicrous.”
“The incredibly cold-hearted recitation of the day is shocking,” Juliano said. “There’s isn’t any justice for this situation. There’s no replacing Ray.”
The beloved supervisor will be honored today, when the corner of Pennsylvania and Pacific avenues will be named “Ray Kot Place.”
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