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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Essex County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To 46 Months In Prison For Possessing Firearm As A Previously Convicted Felon

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Brehon Widgeon, 29, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to Count One of an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Judge Arleo imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. 

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In late June 2014 through July 10, 2014, Widgeon – who had been previously convicted of a felony in Monmouth County, New Jersey – sought to trade a handgun in his possession for either an AK-47 rifle or for a weapon that could be easily concealed on his person. On July 10, 2014, Widgeon was found in possession of a 9 mm handgun along with 18 rounds of 9 mm ammunition and five rounds of .380 caliber ammunition.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Arleo sentenced Widgeon to three years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.


The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Mahoney and Meredith Williams of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.


Defense counsel: Christopher Adams Esq., Holmdel, New Jersey

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Updated May 10, 2017