Morristown NJ Man Headed to Prison after Pleading Guilty to Handgun Possession
A Morristown NJ man is headed to prison after he pleaded guilty to very serious criminal charges for illegal possession of a handgun. It is believed by authorities that the handgun was used a shooting that left one person with significant injuries.
The suspect is a 25-year-old man who is from Morristown, New Jersey. When Morristown police arrested him, he allegedly had a handgun in his possession.
During an investigation, detectives reportedly learned that the handgun may have been used to fire gunshots on Lincoln Street in Morristown NJ in January 2014. Police believe that the shooting probably stemmed from a drug deal between the suspect and the victim.
Although the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office initially charged the suspect with attempted murder and several weapons offenses, they later reached a plea agreement with the suspect. In exchange for the suspect pleading guilty to the handgun possession charges, Morris County prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining charges. Moreover, prosecutors reportedly agreed to recommend that the suspect be sentenced to just five years behind bars for the weapons offense.
There was some drama just prior to the Morris County Superior Court judge issuing the sentence in the criminal case. The suspect thought about withdrawing his guilty plea because he reportedly felt that he was pressured into the deal. However, he ultimately decided to keep the plea agreement.
During the sentencing hearing, the suspect told the judge that the five-year sentence should be reduced because his father and sister needed him at home in Morristown, New Jersey. The judge determined that the agreed-upon sentence should be imposed, however, so the suspect was sentenced to five years in NJ State Prison. The suspect will be required to serve a minimum of 42 months in state prison before he can potentially be released on parole.
Morristown NJ Shooting Suspect Sentenced to State Prison
For further information about this gun crime case, check out the DailyRecord.com article, “Morristown Man Gets Five Years Prison for Having Handgun in Town.”