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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Monmouth County, New Jersey, Man Admits Illegally Possessing Firearm During Drive-By Shooting

TRENTON, N.J. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man today admitted being a felon in possession of a firearm while serving as the driver in a drive-by shooting in Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Roosevelt Dante Harris, 39, of Asbury Park, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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

Harris admitted that despite having one or more prior felony convictions in Monmouth County, he knowingly possessed a Taurus, model PT709 Slim, 9 mm pistol on Nov. 24, 2016, in Asbury Park. Harris admitted that three days earlier he accompanied another individual to a firearms dealer in South Carolina, where the other individual purchased three firearms—including the Taurus pistol that Harris possessed – on Harris’ behalf. Harris transported the three firearms from South Carolina to New Jersey.

Harris admitted that on Nov. 24, 2016, while he was driving a black minivan in Asbury Park, he possessed the Taurus pistol, which was located behind the glove compartment of the black minivan. Harris admitted that another individual shot a firearm out of the black minivan while Harris was driving.

The count of being a felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for May 14, 2018. 

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John B. Devito in Newark, New Jersey; officers of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni; and officers of the Asbury Park Police Department, under the direction of Deputy Chief David Kelso, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.  U.S. Attorney Carpenito also thanked officers of the Lakewood Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gregory Meyer, for their assistance in the case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elisa T. Wiygul of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

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Defense counsel: Andrea D. Bergman Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton
 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
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Press Release Number: 
18-051
Updated February 6, 2018