Two Charged in Pennsauken Killing


Forty-four-year-old Danny Smith of Woodlynne and 29-year-old Damian Sanchez of Camden are alleged to have shot and killed 26-year-old Jerry Mass in his Pennsauken apartment last month.

By Matt Skoufalos | October 5, 2017

Camden County Prosecutor’s Office logo. Credit: CCPO.

After nearly a month-long investigation, two men have been charged in the death of a 26-year-old Pennsauken resident.

Danny Smith, 44, of Woodlynne and Damian Sanchez, 29, of Camden are alleged to have shot and killed 26-year-old Jerry Mass during a robbery of his Stockton Road apartment in September.

According to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO), Sanchez and another, unnamed man entered Mass’ apartment while Smith waited outside the doorway.

During the encounter, Mass was shot; afterwards, all three fled in a car allegedly driven by Smith.

Mass’ body was recovered September 8, and 11 days later, Smith was charged with one count of first-degree felony murder, one count of first-degree armed robbery, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and one count of second-degree certain persons not to have weapons. He has been in police custody since.

On October 3, Sanchez was arrested by U.S. Marshals and charged with one count of first-degree felony murder and one count of first-degree conspiracy to commit robbery.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact CCPO Det. Michael Rhoads at 856-225-8561.

All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until and until proven guilty in a court of law. An arrest is not a conviction.

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