Previously Convicted Man Admits To Possessing Firearm

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  TRENTON – A Monmouth County man has admitted to being a felon in possession of a firearm according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

  Jakim Stradford, 27, of Neptune City, pleaded guilty by videoconference before Chief U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an indictment charging him with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

  Documents filed in this case and statements made in court include:

  On February 26, 2020, officers from the Neptune City Police Department responded to the home of a local resident who reported trespassers in her patio. Officers found Stradford – a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm – and another man in the enclosed patio of an apartment. The officers ordered the men to stop, but Stradford attempted to run. Officers arrested and searched Stradford, finding marijuana, pills and a Hi-Point 9mm caliber pistol. Examination of the pistol revealed that the serial number had been obliterated.

  The felon in possession of a firearm charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 25, 2021.

  This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.

  U.S. Attorney Carpenito gave credit to special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson, Newark Field Division, Trenton Field Office, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, and the Neptune City Police Department, under the direction of Chief Matthew Quagliato for their assistance with the investigation.