Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk reported a Camden man was sentenced Friday for committing a 2010 homicide that left a 16-year-old dead.
Superior Court Judge Gwendolyn Blue sentenced Chance Harmon, M/20 of Camden, to 40 years incarceration in a New Jersey state prison. He must serve 85 percent of that time before he is eligible for parole. In November a jury found Harmon guilty for the shooting death of 16-year-old Anthony Ross. He was convicted of Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. The judge merged the Possession for an Unlawful Purpose charge with the Murder charge for the purposes of sentencing, and sentenced Harmon to an additional eight years incarceration for the Unlawful Possession offense, but those eight years are to be served concurrently with the 40 year sentence and will not change the aggregate amount of time the defendant will spend in prison.
Ross was unknowingly involved with a girl who was also involved with Harmon, and when Harmon found out he challenged Ross to a fight on March 7, 2010. Ross refused and a half hour later Harmon shot the unarmed teenager seven times on the 1500 block of Wildwood Avenue in Camden.
Ross’ mother Lakia Jackson described her son as generous and a lover of skateboarding and drawing. Ross was participating in the ROTC program at Camden High School when he was killed. He aspired to work in law enforcement and serve on a SWAT team when he grew up, she said.
“I pray that you understand the consequences of your mistake,” Jackson said in comments directed at Harmon, “and understand that what you’ve done affected everyone, not just my family but your family too.”
When the judge asked Harmon if he wished to make any comment before she decided his sentence, he answered, “Nope.”
The Prosecutor thanks Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Testa for her work to successfully obtain a conviction during the three week trial and Investigator Miguel Rubert, who conducted an extensive, detailed investigation on this case, his first as a member of the office’s Homicide Unit.