An 18-year-old Pleasantville man has pleaded guilty to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Pleasantville girl.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner says Nahquil Lovest entered the plea last week in connection with the shooting of Naimah Bell. Tyner says Lovest "pleaded guilty to a charge of first degree Aggravated Manslaughter and must serve 10 years in New Jersey state prison subject to the No Early Release Act (NERA), which mandates that the defendant must serve 85% of the sentence."

Tyner provided these details: "Lovest was arrested on Friday, July 26, 2019, in connection to the murder of Bell was shot and killed inside the address 102 S. Massachusetts Ave., Atlantic City, shortly after 4:00 a.m., on July 25, 2019. An initial autopsy was conducted and determined that the pending cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head and the pending manner of death as a homicide."

“The reality is that there is no amount of time the defendant can serve that will bring Na’imah back to life.  The defendant’s reckless handling of a firearm robbed Na’imah and her family of all of her potential.  Now, two lives have been lost, which leaves us all wondering about who they could have developed into."

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