A 20-year-old Ventnor woman was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a Millville man in 2012, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
In the early afternoon of December 2, 2012, Ventnor City police responded to a 9-1-1 call for an unresponsive male who had reportedly been stabbed during an altercation with a woman. Upon arrival, police officers found Devon Devine, 20, of Millville, NJ, outside the residence of Tamasa Nobles on the 300 block of Wissahickon Avenue in Ventnor, suffering from a stab wound to the chest.
Devine was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Tamasa Nobles, then 18 years old and in a relationship with the victim, was taken into custody at the scene, charged with murder and weapons offenses, and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility, where she has remained since her arrest.
On Friday, Apr. 4, Nobles pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter, a 1st degree crime.
Today, Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Donio sentenced Nobles to 20 years of incarceration in New Jersey state prison. Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), Nobles must serve 85% of the sentence, or 17 years in prison, before becoming eligible for parole. The sentence includes 5 years of parole supervision after release.
In pronouncing the sentence, Judge Donio said, “A silly argument over a stupid key—an incident in totality that lasted no more than 15 minutes—defined two lives forever: one dead, and one who will spend a good part of her adult life in prison.”
Several family members of both the victim and the defendant spoke before the court, prior to sentencing.
The defendant’s father, Larry Nobles, said, “It’s two families found tragedy.” Looking toward the family of Devon Devine, he said, “I’m sorry for them.” Turning to his daughter, he said, “And I’m sorry for Tamasa.”
The victim’s grandmother, Deborah Keyes-Frazier, directly addressed Nobles. “Devon was a loving, caring, good boy. My heart aches. But I can honestly say, Tamasa, that I can forgive you. I hope, of the time you serve—whether it is 1 year or 50 years—that you think, and you learn, and that if you don’t know God, you get to know Him.”
Assistant Prosecutor Harlee Stein represented the State in the case.
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