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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Previously Convicted Felon From Essex County, New Jersey, Sentenced To 94 Months In Prison For Illegally Possessing Firearm

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man who was arrested following a domestic disturbance in which he discharged his weapon was sentenced today to 94 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Dequan Farlow, 38, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon. Judge Chesler imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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 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.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Chesler sentenced Farlow to three years of supervised release.

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 leading to today’s sentencing. 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

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Updated October 3, 2018