Atlantic City Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Second Degree Manslaughter

MAYS LANDING- An Atlantic City man was sentenced Thursday morning in connection to the fatal shooting of another city man on March 12, 2018, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

According to Prosecutor Tyner, Howard Cassell, 30, was sentenced this morning before Presiding Judge Bernard DeLury to 5 years in New Jersey state prison for second degree Manslaughter subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA). Cassell had previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

Prosecutor Tyner said Cassell’s sentence is in connection the shooting death of Da’Quan Montague, 23, also of Atlantic City, that occurred March 12, 2018, in the area of 18 North New Jersey Avenue in Atlantic City. Cassell was charged with second degree Reckless Manslaughter, second degree Possession of a Firearm without a Permit and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

A third involved male, Tajai Hicks–Anderson, 23, also of Atlantic City, was charged with third degree Aggravated Assault and released on a summons.

The cooperative investigation was conducted by ACPO and Atlantic City Police Department.

Assistant Prosecutor Aaron Witherspoon represents the state in the matter.