【N.J】 Camden man sentenced to 63 years in prison for 2020 fatal shooting – – – New Jersey News

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CAMDEN – Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay has announced a Camden man has been sentenced to 63 years in New Jersey State Prison in connection with a fatal shooting at a Camden gas station in 2020.

Cornell Tarte, 35, was previously found guilty at trial of 1st-degree Murder in the shooting death of Michael Milton, 45, of Woodlynne. Tarte was also found guilty of one count each of 2nd-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, 2nd-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and 2nd-degree Certain Persons not to Possess Weapons. The guilty verdict was returned on Dec. 20, 2022, by a Camden County Jury following a seven-week trial before the Honorable David Ragonese, J.S.C.

On Sept. 7, 2020, shortly before midnight, the Camden County Police Department were called to the Gulf Gas Station – commonly known as the “AM/PM” – located at 1033 Kaighn Avenue in Camden for a report of an injured man. The victim was taken to Virtua Hospital in Camden before police arrived. Milton was subsequently pronounced deceased at the hospital.

During the investigation, detectives learned Milton was shot in the head in his vehicle shortly before 11:18 p.m. but wasn’t discovered for more than 30 minutes. Detectives located surveillance video footage of an individual approaching Milton’s vehicle, firing a single shot into the front driver’s side, and then walking away. Using surveillance video footage from multiple locations, Tarte was ultimately determined to be the person who shot Milton.

Tarte was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force – Camden Division in Atlantic City on Sept. 28, 2020, on unrelated charges. A cell phone seized from Tarte’s pocket at that time was later
determined to have digital photos of a Ruger EC9s 9mm-caliber handgun on it. Months later, a Ruger EC9s 9mmcaliber handgun was recovered in Burlington County in March 2021 and later determined to be a ballistic match to a 9mm shell casing collected at the scene.

Tarte must serve 85 percent of the 63-year sentence before he would be eligible for parole under the No Early Release Act.

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