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MAYS LANDING- After a six-day trial before Judge W. Todd Miller an Atlantic County jury convicted a Philadelphia man for the January 2019, fatal shooting of a 21 year-old man, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

On Aug., 27, 2021, a jury returned a guilty verdict against Avery Bracey, 39, on

Avery Bracey

the following counts:

1.       1st degree Robbery-2 counts

2.       3rd degree Criminal Restraint

3.       2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun

4.       2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose- 4 counts

5.       1st degree Aggravated Manslaughter

6.       1st degree Felony Murder

7.       4th degree Aggravated Assault

8.       3rd degree Terroristic Threats

9.       2nd degree Aggravated Assault

10.   3rd degree Possession of CDS

11.   1st degree Attempted Witness Tampering (threat of force)

12.   2nd degree Attempted Witness Tampering (bribery)

Bracey is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 19, 2021.

At 8:44 p.m., Friday Jan. 4, 2019, Atlantic City Police received a 911 call for a shooting at the Sunset Inn, reporting that a man had been shot.

Police arrived at the scene and Ky’Lee Haynes, 21, of Atlantic City was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus where he was pronounced deceased.

Investigators were able to broadcast a description of the suspect involved in the fatal shooting. Investigators subsequently responded to a Shotspotter call in the area of North Florida Ave and located a male matching the description of the suspect from the previous shooting at Sunset Inn. The suspect, Avery Bracey, 36, was arrested by Atlantic City Police SWAT Team members and a firearm was located on his person.

The investigation continued when a victim walked into AtlantiCare Medical Center City Campus Trauma Center with a gunshot wound to the leg and reported the injury was sustained on Florida Avenue. Bracey has been identified as the shooter in that crime as well.

This investigation is a cooperative effort between the ACPO Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey represents the state in this matter.


Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.