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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Trenton Man Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Possession Of Three Guns, Including Loaded Semi-Automatic Rifle

TRENTON, N.J. – A Trenton, N.J., man with a previous conviction for drug distribution was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for possessing three firearms, including a loaded semi-automatic rifle and a loaded revolver, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Isaiah Harris, 26, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an information charging him with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Judge Shipp imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

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

At approximately 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2012, law enforcement officers entered a residence on Stuyvesant Avenue in Trenton to execute an unrelated warrant for Harris’ arrest and encountered Harris in a bedroom on the second floor. They recovered a loaded Taurus .38-caliber revolver from the bed Harris had been occupying and later discovered in the bedroom a loaded Norinco SKS, 7.62 semi-automatic rifle and a partially disassembled second Norinco SKS, 7.62 semi-automatic rifle. Harris admitted at his plea hearing that he possessed these weapons.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Shipp sentenced Harris to three years of supervised release, ordered him to forfeit the firearms and ammunition and fined him $1,000.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents and task force officers of the ATF’s Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge George Belsky in Newark, N.J., and law enforcement officers from the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr.; the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff John Kemler; and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr., for the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Clabby of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.


Defense counsel: Assistant Federal Public Defender Lisa Van Hoeck Esq., Trenton

Updated March 18, 2015