FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2014
NEWARK, N.J. - An Essex County, N.J., man with a felony criminal record has been convicted by a federal jury for carrying a loaded semi-automatic pistol, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today.
Victor Lopez, 25, of Newark, was convicted of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Newark federal court. The jury deliberated for four hours before returning the guilty verdict.
According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:
Officers of the Passaic Police Department responded to a 911 call on Sept. 13, 2012, about a possible burglary in progress at an apartment building in Passaic, N.J., where they encountered Lopez leaving the building
Officers questioned the Lopez, who appeared nervous, and found a gun in his back pocket. The .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun was loaded with seven bullets, including one in the chamber. Four of the bullets were hollow-point rounds.
The charge of being a felon in possession carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for June 23, 2014.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of, and officers of the City of Passaic Police Department, under the direction of Deputy Chief Rosario J. Capuana, with the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sara F. Merin and Jonathan W. Romankow of the U.S. Attorney=s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Vincent Sanzone Jr. Esq., Elizabeth, N.J.