06/22/19 SENTENCING: STATE V. DONALD SCURRY & CHARLES CLARK

     On June 21, 2019, Donald Scurry of Bridgeton, was sentenced to 55 years NJSP by the Honorable Cristen D’Arrigo, J.S.C. for Murder. Scurry must serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole pursuant to the No Early Release Act.  Scurry received a concurrent 5 year sentence for Hindering his Own Apprehension. Further, Scurry was sentenced to a consecutive 10 years New Jersey State Prison with a 5 year period of parole ineligibility for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  The aggregate sentence is 65 years New Jersey State Prison. The rest of the convictions merged for purposes of sentencing.

    Donald Scurry of Bridgeton, was found guilty on May 1, 2019 by a Cumberland County Jury of the following offenses:

  1. Murder, 1st  degree;

  2. Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd degree;

  3. Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, 2nd degree;

  4. Hindering His Own Apprehension, 3rd degree; and

  5. Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Person, 2nd degree.

     The case arose on September 20, 2017, when Millville Police and Investigators from the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office responded to a homicide at 110 West Main Street in the City of Millville.  The victim, Celeste Cannon, was located in the home, deceased from a gunshot wound to the head. A joint investigation by the Millville Police Department and Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office led to the determination that Donald Scurry had shot Celeste Cannon. Various surveillance videos and cell phone records placed Scurry in the area at the time of the murder. Further, the murder weapon was located under the Maurice River Bridge in Commercial Twp. NJ by a construction crew on September 27, 2017.

     Also on June 21, 2019, Charles Clark of Millville was sentenced to 8 years New Jersey State Prison with a 4 year period of parole ineligibility for Unlawful Possession of a Handgun.  He received a concurrent 4 year New Jersey State Prison sentence on Hindering the Apprehension of Donald Scurry. The rest of the convictions merged for purposes of sentencing.

     Charles Clark of Millville was found guilty by the same Cumberland County Jury on May 1, 2019 of the following offenses:

  1. Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, 2nd degree;

  2. Hindering the Apprehension of Another, 3rd degree;

  3. Tampering with Evidence, 4th degree; and

  4. Obstruction, 4th degree.

     It was determined by investigators during the Donald Scurry investigation that Charles Clark and his girlfriend had dropped Scurry off at 110 West Main Street on the night of the murder and subsequently picked him up in the area.  The investigators learned that Charles Clark had thrown an object over the Maurice River Bridge on the night of the murder. It was later determined that it was the handgun used in the murder of Celeste Cannon.

     The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Cathryn Wilson.  Defendant, Donald Scurry, was represented by Ronald Thompson, Esquire.  Defendant, Charles Clark, was represented by Hercules Pappas, Esquire.

JENNIFER WEBB-MCRAE

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PROSECUTOR

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