CAMDEN, NJ — Over eight months after pleading guilty to the fatal shooting of Thomas Reyes, 18, of Camden, two brothers from the city have been sentenced to a combined 85 years in connection to the slaying.
Ryan Wilkins, 25, and Curtis Miller, 26, were sentenced to 30 years and 55 years respectively, Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer announced Wednesday night.
Wilkins, according to the prosecutor's office, drove Miller to and from the homicide scene. He will serve the entire 30 years without possibility of parole, Mayer said.
Miller will be required to serve 43 years and three months before parole eligibility.
Authorities said officers responded to the 1000 block of Carl Miller Boulevard on Nov. 20, 2018 following a ShotSpotter activation. Upon arrival, they came upon Reyes "suffering from multiple gunshot wounds."
Reyes was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.
Surveillance footage - presented during court proceedings by Acting Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Spittal - reportedly showed Wilkins and Miller fleeing the scene of the homicide in a vehicle that was later found abandoned. Per evidence, the men also discarded clothing as they ran - part of which (Miller's) tested positive for gunshot residue.
“Crimes like this one shock the conscience of society. The heinous nature of the murder of Thomas Reyes justifies these lengthy sentences and brings some measure of justice to his family,” said Mayer in a statement. “This case required a great deal of coordinated detective work and skill at trial. We are proud of the efforts of our homicide prosecution team. Our office zealously prosecutes all crimes, and particularly those of a violent nature.”
The Camden bothers were found guilty by a jury Feb. 12 of the following charges in connection to Reyes' death:
- Conspiracy to commit murder
- Accomplice to Murder
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose