Sixty-six Year Sentence for Man Guilty of Attempting to Kill Cop

Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk reported a Willingboro man will be in prison until at least 2058 after receiving a lengthy sentence Wednesday for attempting to kill a police officer while fleeing arrest.

Judge Michele Fox sentenced Adam Reed, M/32, of Willingboro, to a 66 year term of incarceration Wednesday, more than 47 years of which he must serve before being eligible for parole. The sentence was handed down after Reed was found guilty in June of an array of charges that included Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, drug offenses and weapons charges.

“There is no person more deserving of punishment than one who would assault those who protect us,” Assistant Prosecutor Gregg Perr said during the sentencing.

Reed’s sentence is as follows:

  • Attempted Murder – 45 years, 85 percent to be served before parole eligibility.
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Drugs – 8 years, 4 without parole
  • Resisting Arrest by Eluding Police – 8 years
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon – 5 years, no parole eligibility

The sentences for each offense are to be served consecutively. Reed was credited with more than two years time spent in the county jail prior to his trial.

Reed was originally found guilty of Possession of cocaine, 3rd degree; Possession with intent to distribute 1/2 ounce or more of cocaine, 2nd degree; Possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 1000 feet of a school, 3rd degree; Possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 500 feet of a public park, 2nd degree; Eluding, 2nd degree; Resisting arrest by flight, 4th degree; Attempted Murder, 1st degree; Aggravated Assault, 2nd degree; Aggravated Assault, 3rd degree; Aggravated Assault, 4th degree; Resisting Arrest with force, 3rd degree; Possession of Hollow Nose Bullets, 4th degree; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd degree; Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, 2nd degree and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, 2nd degree.

All charges were merged except those listed above and the Possession with Intent to Distribute within 500 Feet of a Public Park. He was sentenced to a seven year term for that offense, but it is to be served concurrently to the other drug offense.

On June 22, 2011, Camden City Narcotics Detectives assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force conducted surveillance of drug distribution activity on Newton Avenue between Spruce and Pine Streets. Reed and a co-defendant, Elizabeth Pitko, F/42, of the 1000 block of Bordentown Road, Burlington Township, were observed engaging in drug distribution. Pitko was operating a Ford Taurus rented by Reed while Reed made hand-to-hand transactions from the trunk with persons who approached on foot. When officers moved in to arrest the two, Reed jumped into the Taurus and Pitko sped off. Officers pursued in their vehicles until Pitko crashed into multiple parked cars on Clinton Street.

Reed got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, with a Camden Police sergeant in pursuit. During the chase the sergeant tripped on a driveway apron and fell face forward, injuring his leg. Despite his injury, the officer continued to chase Reed into an open lot on Clinton Street. There, Reed drew a .45 caliber handgun and fired at the sergeant. The officer dove to the ground to take cover and further injured his leg, tearing two of three hamstring muscles. Reed tried to fire again at the officer as he lay immobilized and unable to return fire, but the gun malfunctioned. Reed threw down the gun and continued running. The injured officer secured the gun and other officers maintained pursuit of Reed. The officers engaged in an extensive fight with Reed in an effort to subdue him and two others were injured before Reed could be cuffed. In total, three officers went to the hospital after their altercation with Reed.

Pitko pleaded guilty on May 6, 2013, to Possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school, 3rd degree and Eluding, 3rd degree. Pitko is to be sentenced on June 14, 2013, before Hon. Michele M. Fox, J.S.C

A dozen uniformed and plainclothes law enforcement officials attended the sentencing in a show of support for their three colleagues injured in the altercation with Reed. All three officers have recovered and have returned to duty.

“This dangerous felon displayed an absolute disregard for every person in society by firing a gun and attempting to kill a police officer,” said Camden County Police Department Chief J. Scott Thomson. “Sgt. Benito Gonzalez, Sgt. Chris Frucci and Sgt. Victor Diaz, who were dutifully protecting the people of Camden that night, heroically continued their pursuit, displayed tremendous restraint and captured the armed, fleeing felon after a violent struggle. This perpetrator deserves to be locked away for the remainder of his life.”