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Atlantic City Man Sentenced for Murder of Woman

By rlsmetro on
Atlantic City

An Atlantic City man was sentenced in the December 2016, shooting death of an Atlantic City woman, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

Officials say that on Thursday morning, Judge Donna Taylor sentenced Joseph McCoy, 45, for the murder of Jacqueline Hoyle to a 50 year sentence in New Jersey State Prison pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA).

According to reports, he was also sentenced to concurrent prison terms for Unlawful Possession of a Handgun and Certain Person Not to Possess a Handgun.

Starting on Dec. 20, 2016, an intensive 2-day investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department led to the issuance of a warrant complaint for murder and weapons possession charges against McCoy of Atlantic City, police say.

“The fairness of our justice system will permit this killer to live, albeit in prison, for the next fifty years. He didn’t give Jacqueline Hoyle that same chance when he cut her life short,” said Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

Atlantic City Police responded on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 4:22 a.m., to the Atlantic City apartment, for a report that a woman had been found dead inside the home, reports say.

Atlantic City EMS, AtlanticCare paramedics, and detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit also responded.

Reports say that upon arrival, police found Ms. Jacqueline Hoyle, 24 years-old, of the same address, dead of an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

An autopsy performed on Thursday, December 22, 2016, by the New Jersey Southern Regional Medical Examiner Office determined the cause of death to be a single gunshot wound, and the manner of death: homicide, police say.

This case was a cooperative investigation between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department. Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Robinson represents the state.