Yesterday, December 19, 2018, Christian Ortiz, 18, of Merchantville, was sentenced to 26 years in New Jersey State Prison by the Honorable Judge Morris G. Smith of the New Jersey Superior Court. Ortiz is required to serve at least 22 years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.
Christian Ortiz pled guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter on November 15, 2018 and admitted to shooting and killing Terron Phillips, who had been 19 at the time.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Camden County Police responded to a Shot Spotter activation near the 3500 block of Pierce Avenue in Camden at approximately 1:32 a.m. when they located the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Camden County Police officers had already received reports of two other shootings utilizing a shotgun that had occurred in the hours before Mr. Phillips was shot. Based on witness statements and surveillance video, detectives ultimately charged Ortiz, Raquan Handon, Aaron Swann, and Ashon Thomas with committing all three shootings.
Ashon Thomas, Raquan Handon and Aaron Swann all pled guilty multiple counts of Armed Robbery and have been sentenced.
Released Thursday, December 20, 2018.