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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Trenton, N.J., Man Convicted At Trial On Federal Weapons Charge

TRENTON, N.J. – A federal jury in Trenton, N.J., today convicted a Trenton man for illegally carrying a loaded shotgun as a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

The jury returned a guilty verdict against Tyreek Harrington, 27, following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson. Harrington was convicted of the first count in the indictment against him: being a convicted felon in possession of a loaded, sawed-off shotgun.  Harrington was not convicted on the second count, involving possession of a revolver.

According to documents filed in this case, statements made in court, and the evidence at trial:

In the early morning of April 20, 2012, officers from the New Jersey State Police and Trenton Police Departments were conducting surveillance in the area of Spring and Passaic Streets in Trenton when Harrington was observed in an alley handling a sawed-off shotgun.  

The felon in possession count carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2014.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Cannon; the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Director Ralph Rivera; and the New Jersey State Police’s Crime Suppression North Unit, under the direction of Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent, for the investigation leading to the conviction.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Joseph Gribko and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Muoio of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

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Defense counsel: John S. Furlong Esq., West Trenton, N.J. 

Updated March 18, 2015