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Newark, N.J., Man Sentenced To More Than 16 Years In Prison For Illegal Firearm/drug Possession

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

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Newark, N.J., man who was convicted earlier this year on drug and weapons charges was sentenced today to 200 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jimmil Henderson, 30, was convicted by a federal jury on Jan. 29, 2013, on all three counts of a superseding indictment: possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and unlawful possession of a loaded handgun by a convicted felon. Henderson was convicted following a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez, who imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

On Feb. 18, 2011, Newark Police Department officers were patrolling the area of Lincoln Park in Newark and saw Henderson engaging in a hand-to-hand drug transaction. Upon seeing the officers, Henderson ran through Lincoln Park, tossing a 9mm firearm loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition into the park. When the officers apprehended him at the corner of Broad and Pennington streets, they recovered quantities of cocaine and marijuana.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Rodriguez sentenced Henderson to five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Cannon; and the Newark Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio and Chief Sheilah A. Coley, for the investigation leading to today’s sentence.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dara A. Govan and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney James Donnelly of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.


Defense counsel: Michael Huff Esq., Philadelphia                       

Updated March 18, 2015