MONMOUTH COUNTY – A Monmouth County man has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and unlawfully possessing a machine gun, authorities said.
Davon Harley, 30, of Neptune City, is a previously convicted felon and pleaded guilty to charges of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of unlawful possession of a machine gun.
In February 2020, a Neptune City Police officer approached Harley who was arguing with others in the yard of an apartment complex. According to statements made in court, Harley took off through the apartment complex into neighboring properties and discarded a handgun. The handgun had a magazine capable of holding 31 rounds of ammunition.
The Neptune Township and Asbury Park police were able to locate Harley, the gun and magazine that he had discarded, which contained 22 rounds of ammunition.
In addition to the prison term, Harley was sentenced to three years of supervised release.
Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Newark Division, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Craig B. Kailimai; officers of the Neptune City Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Matthew Quagliato; officers of the Neptune Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police James M. Hunt, Jr.; officers of the Asbury Park Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police David Kelso; officers of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Shaun Golden; and detectives of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, with the investigation.