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Camden Man Admits Role In Fatal Casino Carjacking

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MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey man has admitted he fatally shot a man and wounded a woman during a carjacking inside an Atlantic City casino parking garage.

Camden resident Phillip Byrd pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony murder in a plea deal with Atlantic County prosecutors, who’ll recommend he receive a 47-year prison term when he’s sentenced in June.

Byrd 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 parking garage to an alley, where they were shot.

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

Another defendant also has pleaded guilty. The other is due in court Thursday.

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