CAMDEN, NJ— A Camden man has pled guilty to shooting and killing two people in Camden's Cramer Hill neighborhood in 2016, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office announced today.
Gary Johnson, 45, of Camden, pled guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree aggravated manslaughter for fatally shooting John Valerio and Aleshia Hill.
Hill and Valerio were found in their home on North 26th Street on April 4, 2016, suffering from gunshot wounds, the prosecutor's office said. Hill was also found suffering from blunt force trauma to the head. Both individuals were pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the prosecutor's office, Johnson was arrested on Aug. 4, 2016, after a lengthy investigation, and he was charged and held at the Camden County Correctional Facility.
His trial began Feb. 12, 2019, and on Tuesday during deliberations, Johnson elected to waive his right to a jury verdict and accept a plea agreement, the prosecutor's office said. Under the agreement, Johnson will be sentenced to 30 years in New Jersey State prison — 15 years for each count of murder —and will be required to serve more than 12 years of his sentence before his eligible for parole, the prosecutor's office said.
Family members of Aleshia Hill and John Valerio were present throughout the court proceedings, the prosecutor's office said.
Johnson will be sentenced on April 26, 2019, at 9 a.m. before Judge David Ragonese.