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Ex-Atlantic City basketball star admits to ordering 2019 killing

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A former Atlantic City basketball star serving a federal sentence for drug-trafficking has admitted to paying for murder.

Khalif Toombs, now 34, was already in federal prison when he was charged last year in the killing of Lamir King.

King was found fatally shot behind the wheel of a car that had just crashed in the area of Lincoln and Ohio avenues at about 6:30 p.m. New Year's Day 2019. He would have turned 22 the next week.

Surveillance video led to the arrest of Jamie Sewell, who is seen walking up to King's car parked at Lincoln, taking out a gun and then shooting, according to the charges. He is then seen limping away, which matches Sewell's gait in other video, according to the affidavit previously reported by BreakingAC.

Sewell, now 58, previously pleaded guilty, and faces 10 to 20 years when he is sentenced later this year, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.

Toombs, once a promising local basketball star, is currently serving 135-month federal prison sentence for his role in a drug-trafficking ring.

He has been in the Atlantic County Justice Facility since Oct. 19, and will remain there pending his sentencing, set for Nov. 2.

He faces a 12-year term with no parole for 85 percent under the No Early Release Act. That would be concurrent to his federal term, which is set to end Aug. 2, 2028, according to Bureau of Prison records.

Toombs would have credit for about a year, the time since he was charged last year.


Lynda Cohen

Lynda Cohen founded BreakingAC after working as a local newspaper reporter for more than two decades. She is an NJPA award-winner and was a Stories of Atlantic City fellow.

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