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Union County Man Convicted Of Firearms Offense In Connection With Shooting

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Union County, New Jersey, man previously convicted of multiple felonies was found guilty in federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Jarrell L. Daniels, 29, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, was convicted after a two and a half-day trial before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court of one count of being a felon in possession of a semi-automatic submachine gun with a high capacity magazine and multiple rounds of ammunition. The jury deliberated less than two hours before delivering the guilty verdict on Feb. 20, 2020.

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

On the morning of April 9, 2018, Daniels was walking down Irvington Avenue in Elizabeth, carrying a loaded .45 caliber Masterpiece Arms ACP submachine gun, with 30 additional rounds of ammunition in an extended magazine. Daniels was wearing a disguise, as well as latex gloves. He came upon his victim and opened fire, shooting at his victim 16 times, but none of the shots struck the victim. As he fled the scene, Daniels dropped his head covering and later stashed the gun and other items of clothing in a nearby trashcan. DNA on these items, as well as surveillance footage and ballistics evidence, ultimately enabled the authorities to identify Daniels as the shooter.

The count on which Daniels was convicted is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited law enforcement officers of the Elizabeth Police Department, under the direction of Police Chief John Brennan, Jr.; the Union County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Peter Corvelli; special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark; special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo, with the investigation leading to the guilty verdict.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Vera Varshavsky and Sammi Malek of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

Defense counsel: Peter Willis Esq. and Maximillian Novel Esq., Jersey City, New Jersey

Updated February 21, 2020

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 20-077