NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man who was arrested following a domestic disturbance in which he discharged his weapon pleaded guilty today to possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Dequan Farlow, 37, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Farlow was arrested by Newark police officers on June 30, 2017 after he allegedly shot a speaker next to his ex-girlfriend’s mother and struck the mother with the gun at her residence in Newark.
Farlow admitted today that he knowingly possessed a loaded Hi-Point JCP semi-automatic handgun, despite having at least one prior felony conviction in Essex County Superior Court. As part of his plea agreement, Farlow also acknowledged that he knowingly fired the gun on June 30, 2017.
The felon in possession of a firearm charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, with the investigation. He also thanked officers of the Newark Police Division, under the direction of Department of Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, for their assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason S. Gould of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Patrick McMahon Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark