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Essex County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To 92 Months In Prison For Unlawful Possession Of A Loaded Semiautomatic Handgun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A previously convicted felon from Irvington, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 92 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a loaded semiautomatic handgun, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Terrell Haywood, 26, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Martini imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

On April 26, 2014, in Newark, Haywood knowingly possessed a loaded Springfield Armory Ultra Compact Semi-Automatic .45 caliber handgun that was loaded with nine rounds of ammunition. As law enforcement officers from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office observed Haywood crossing a street, they observed a bulge in his jacket pocket that was consistent with the presence of a handgun. Haywood was searched and found with the handgun, as well as various drugs, including marijuana and prescription pills.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Haywood to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.  He also thanked the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel in Newark, for their role in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan W. Romankow of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense counsel: Martin Goldman Esq., West Caldwell, New Jersey

Updated February 4, 2016

Press Release Number: 15-300