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MAYS LANDING, NJ – On Friday, June 23, 2023, Frankie E. Lane, 61, of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, subject to the No Early Release Act for first- degree aggravated manslaughter. Screenshot 2023-06-27 at 17.28.01

On June 11, 2021, Atlantic City Police responded to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City for a report of a woman suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was found deceased in a hotel room with a sheet covering her body and a knife on top of the sheet.

The victim’s boyfriend, Lane, was seen on surveillance footage wearing clothing later found in a bag that had been tossed in a trash can in Atlantic City. Lane was seen leaving the hotel with the bag but did not have it with him at the Atlantic City bus terminal, where security footage showed him traveling back to Philadelphia. Lane was located and surrendered to law enforcement a few days later.

Whaley’s surviving family members spoke to the sentencing and fondly remembered their loved one.

This case was investigated by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department with assistance from the New Jersey Transit Police.

Assistant Prosecutors Harlee Stein and David Little represented the State in this matter.