Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson reported a Camden man has been convicted for a 2013 homicide outside a city bar.
A jury on Tuesday found Darrell Crone, 33, guilty of aggravated manslaughter in the shooting death of 27-year-old Timothy Loper Jr. of Pine Hill. He was also convicted of attempted murder for pointing a gun at a crowd of people and firing it as they fled.
Assistant Prosecutor Christine Shah presented evidence and witness testimony at trial proving Crone fatally shot Loper, a former Marine who served in Afghanistan, during an altercation outside the now-defunct 20 Horse Tavern near 2nd and Spruce streets around 2:45 a.m. on December 1, 2013. Video surveillance presented to the jury showed Crone in the bar as well as firing the weapon at the crowd outside moments after Loper was shot in the back.
Crone was also found guilty of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and certain persons not to have weapons.
Crone faces up to 70 years in state prison and would not be eligible for parole until 85 percent of his term has been served. He faces extended-term sentencing on some counts under the Graves Act because he was previously convicted of committing an armed robbery and while on parole for that offense was convicted of possessing a firearm.
“We’re quite satisfied with the jury’s verdict,” said Shah. “It’s obvious they worked hard to reach their verdict and as a result the defendant faces a lengthy term of incarceration.”
Crone is scheduled to be sentenced on June 18.
Released Tuesday, May 5, 2015.