Sicklerville Man Headed to Prison for Weapons Charges Stemming from NJ Shooting Incident
A Sicklerville NJ man is probably going to be spending significant time behind bars after pleading guilty to weapons possession charges in connection with a shooting at a roller skating rink in Franklinville, New Jersey.
The shooting occurred at the Franklin Skating Center in Franklinville NJ on November 28, 2015. Franklinville is a community located within Franklin Township, New Jersey. According to authorities, the suspect used a handgun to fire at least one gunshot outside the skating rink, which was hosting a performance with many people in attendance. Thankfully, no one sustained any injuries as a result of the shooting incident.
Afterwards, the suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot. A Franklin Township police officer was stationed in the area and saw the suspect firing the gunshot. He briefly chased after the suspect but was unable to catch him.
Law enforcement eventually tracked down the suspect at a motel located in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was placed under arrest without incident and extradited back to Gloucester County, New Jersey.
The suspect, a 23-year-old resident of Sicklerville, New Jersey, initially faced numerous criminal charges, including aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and a certain persons offense for being a convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm. NJ law imposes strict requirements on who is eligible to own a handgun and bars convicted felons from possessing a firearm or similar type of weapon. In this instance, the suspect was prohibited from owning or possessing a handgun because he previously served a one-year sentence in Atlantic County Jail after pleading guilty to burglary.
The suspect ultimately managed to avoid a trial by reaching a plea deal with Gloucester County prosecutors. In exchange for the suspect agreeing to plead guilty to the certain persons offense, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said that they would drop the remaining criminal charges against the suspect and recommend a sentence of just five years in prison. One caveat to the recommended sentence is that the suspect will have to serve the entire five years and will not become eligible for release on parole at any point.
The suspect will still have to make an appearance in Gloucester County Superior Court, located in Woodbury NJ, on December 16 so that he can be formally sentenced in the case.
While the suspect awaits sentencing, he will remain housed in the Gloucester County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bail amount.
For further information, access the NJ.com article, “Sicklerville Man Pleads Guilty in Skating Rink Shooting.”
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