3rd Suspect Admits Deadly AC Casino Carjacking

Camden man faces at least 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to felony murder

The last of three suspects has admitted killing a man and wounding a woman during an armed carjacking that started inside an Atlantic City casino parking garage.

Camden resident Raheem Simmons pleaded guilty Thursday to felony murder in a plea deal with Atlantic County prosecutors. They'll recommend he receive a 30-year prison term when he's sentenced in June.

He and two other Camden men were accused of robbing 28-year-old Sunil Rattu and 24-year-old Radha Ghetia in September 2011. The victims were forced to drive from the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's parking garage to an alley, where they were shot.

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Rattu died from two gunshot wounds to the head. Ghetia survived two shots in the upper body.

It was the second fatal carjacking at the casino in little more than a year.

Simmons’ co-defendant Phillip Byrd admitted Wednesday that he pulled the trigger. He faces a 47-year sentence with parole possible after 40 years. Earlier, fellow co-defendant Eric Darden agreed to a 40-year sentence with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

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