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Somers Point Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder in 2016 Atlantic City Shooting

By kcora on
Somers Point Atlantic City

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced that Luis Maisonet has been sentenced for the September 2016, murder of 26 year-old Christopher Romero.

According to authorities, Maisonet, 56, was sentenced by Judge Donna Taylor to Life in Prison in a New Jersey state prison and he will not be eligible for parole for 65 years. Judge Taylor also presided over the trial.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said Maisonet callously killed Christopher Romero in front of several witnesses, and threatened other lives through his selfish, cowardly actions and at trial he showed no remorse.

“I am hopeful that Christopher Romero’s family can take solace in knowing that the person responsible for taking their loved one away from them will never get out of prison alive,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

Maisonet was found guilty by a jury in December of the following:

* Murder- facing life in New Jersey state prison

* Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose- up to 10 years in New Jersey state prison

* Aggravated Assault by Pointing a Firearm at a Person- 18 months in New Jersey state prison

* Unlawful Possession of a Firearm- up to 10 years in New Jersey state prison

* Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Person- up to 10 years in New Jersey state prison

The Atlantic City Police Department, the New Jersey State Police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office on Sept. 1, 2016, responded to “The Walk,” at approximately 12 p.m., where a man was discovered shot in the Zumiez Store at The Walk. The male victim who was identified as Romero, of Absecon, was transported to the Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center, City Division where he was pronounced dead.

Police said Maisonet, 56, of Somers Point, who was identified as the shooter, fled the scene, and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page.