On Friday, June 8, 2018, Reymond Pagan, 32, of Camden, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of 34-year-old Jose Franco, also of Camden. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable John Kelley, J.S.C. Pagan is required to serve approximately 42 years and 6 months of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.
Pagan was found guilty of first degree Felony Murder, Aggravated Manslaughter, first degree Armed Robbery, second degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose and second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, on April 26, 2018, after a jury trial.
Additionally, the Jury also returned a verdict of Guilty for a separate count of Certain Persons Not To Have Weapons. Pagan was sentenced to 8 years in prison on that count which is to be served consecutive to the murder sentence for an aggregate sentence of 58 years.
At the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Mike Mink presented witness’ testimony, surveillance video and other evidence that Pagan, along with his co-defendant Samuel Lopez, shot Jose Franco on September 27, 2015. Reymond Pagan and Samuel Lopez targeted Jose Franco for an armed robbery in Cramer Hill near River Avenue. Jose Franco was shot in the chest and was pronounced deceased at Cooper Hospital a short time later.
Samuel Lopez was treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the same hospital that night before he was released.
Reymond Pagan was taken into custody on December 3, 2015 at his residence in Camden.
Samuel Lopez was taken into custody by the United States Marshals on December 10, 2015 in Deltona, Florida. He was sentenced on November 17, 2017 to 45 years in New Jersey State Prison, and is required to serve approximately 38 years before he is eligible for parole.
Released, Monday June 11, 2018.