CAMDEN CITY N.J. JANUARY 29, 2016--Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo announced an Atco man was sentenced today to 98 years in state prison in connection with a string of 2011 home invasion robberies that targeted small business owners across the county.
Keith V. Cuff Jr., 29, will be required to serve at least 66.4 years of his prison term before he would be eligible for parole. The sentence was imposed by Superior Court Judge Kathleen Delaney.
A jury found Cuff guilty on December 17 of two counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of first-degree kidnapping, one count each of second-degree conspiracy and second-degree burglary and numerous weapons offenses.
Cuff and an accomplice, Jerome M. Thomas, 41, of Lindenwold, men carried out the spree of armed robberies with the help of other men. Cuff was convicted on charges in three of the incidents as well as a car stop.
On February 28, 2011, Cuff and Thomas broke into a Cherry Hill residence, used zip ties to restrain two teenage girls and then confronted their parents at gunpoint when the couple returned home. The masked men then restrained the parents with zip ties, stole cash from the home and fled.
On March 3, 2011, Cuff and Thomas confronted a Winslow man at his residence, hit the victim over the head with a firearm and led the victim to the backyard. The masked suspects then stole the man’s cash and fled with in the victim’s vehicle.
On March 29, 2011, police stopped a vehicle driven by Thomas in Gloucester Township. Cuff fled from the vehicle, but left his cell phone in the car as well as dropped two handguns nearby. Police also located masks and zip ties in the vehicle. Thomas was charged in connection with the traffic stop, but made bail shortly thereafter and was released.
On April 3, 2011, Cuff and Thomas took part in an armed robbery in which a man, his girlfriend and the man’s two children were restrained with zip ties at their Winslow home. Approximately $60,000 in cash was stolen from a safe at the residence.
Thomas was arrested by federal authorities in June 2011. Cuff was arrested in 2012 following an investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.
At the trial, Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Shilton presented DNA evidence and cell phone records linking Cuff to the crimes.
Thomas was previously federally prosecuted and is currently serving a 15-year sentence for robbery charges.
Two other accomplices, Donte Goree, 29, of Camden, and Abdul Musa-Mansaray, 33, of Sicklerville, previously pleaded guilty in connection with their roles in some of the robberies. Goree acted as the driver during one robbery. He was sentenced to five years in state prison. Musa-Mansaray drove during one robbery and took part in the planning of another robbery. He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 19.
Released Friday, January 29, 2016.