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Prosecutor: 65-year term imposed in killing of mother of 3

June 22, 2019

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man convicted of killing a young mother of three has been sentenced to a total of 65 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Donald Scurry, 27, of Bridgeton must serve 85 percent of the 55-year first-degree murder sentence imposed Friday before he will be eligible for parole, the Cumberland County prosecutor’s office said Saturday.

Scurry was also sentenced to a consecutive 10 years on a conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm in the September 2017 death of 24-year-old Celeste Cannon, prosecutors said. The judge also imposed a five-year term for hindering apprehension that will run at the same time as his main sentence, they said.

Cannon was found dead in her Millville home of a gunshot wound to the head, and local police and county prosecutors determined that surveillance videos and cellphone records placed Scurry, the father of one of her children, in the area at the time, prosecutors said.

A construction crew found the murder weapon under the Maurice River Bridge in Commercial Township. Prosecutors said a co-defendant accused of having driven Scurry to and from the homicide scene and then having dumped the gun off the bridge was sentenced to eight years on weapons and hindering apprehension counts, prosecutors said.

In 2012, Scurry was acquitted of killing Rakeem Stubbs during a fight on Christmas Day in 2008.

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