A.C. Casino shooter gets 30 years in prison

MAYS LANDING, N.J. - A Montgomery County man who pleaded guilty to shooting to death a beloved Atlantic City casino shift manager last year was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in state prison without the possibility of parole.

Mark E. Magee, 58, of Norristown, Pa., pleaded guilty June 7 to first-degree murder in the shooting of Raymond Kot, 57, of Egg Harbor Township, inside a card and dice room off the gaming floor at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.

Mark Magee appears for sentencing in Superior Court in Mays Landing.

He said he walked into the casino on May 27, 2009, and stalked Kot, whom he knew from his regular visits to gamble at the Taj Mahal.

Magee believed the casinos had cheated him by manipulating electronic table games such as craps and roulette, he said at the earlier hearing.

Armed with a .38-caliber revolver loaded with five bullets, Magee waited for hours, until Kot walked away from the crowded casino floor, because, he said, "I didn't want to hurt anybody else."

Magee followed Kot, told a security guard to move aside, then shot him three times. Magee was arrested outside the casino shortly afterward, and Kot later died at a hospital.

During sentencing Wednesday, Kot's boss told Superior Court Judge James E. Isman that Magee was the cheater for depriving Kot's family of their loved one.

Kot, who could not speak English when he arrived in the country from China in 1970, worked his way up to supervisor at the Taj Mahal, where he had been employed since it opened in 1990.

He was well-loved by his coworkers and appreciated by his employers. A small park outside the casino was dedicated in Kot's honor last fall and the local chamber of commerce named him Businessman of the Year in 2010. He was married with one son.

Contact staff writer Jacqueline L. Urgo at 609-652-8382 or jurgo@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.