FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2013
TRENTON, N.J. – A Trenton, N.J., man with a previous conviction for drug distribution today admitted possessing three firearms, including a loaded semi-automatic rifle and a loaded revolver, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Isaiah Harris, 26, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
At approximately 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2012, law enforcement officers entered a residence on Stuyvesant Avenue in Trenton to execute an unrelated warrant for Harris’ arrest and encountered Harris in a bedroom on the second floor. They recovered a loaded Taurus .38-caliber revolver from the bed Harris had been occupying and later discovered in the bedroom a loaded Norinco SKS, 7.62 semi-automatic rifle and a partially disassembled second Norinco SKS, 7.62 semi-automatic rifle. Harris admitted at his plea hearing that he possessed these weapons.
The firearms charge to which Harris pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 25, 2014.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents and task force officers of the ATF’s Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge George Belsky in Newark, N.J., and law enforcement officers from the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr.; the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff John Kemler; and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr., for the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Clabby of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.
Defense counsel: Assistant Federal Public Defender Lisa Van Hoeck Esq., Trenton