Feds: Jersey City felon sentenced to 37 months in prison for possessing handgun, ammo

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A Jersey City felon was sentenced to 37 months in prison for possession a handgun and ammunition, acting U.S. Attorney Rachel Honig announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Benorce Duncan, 32, of Jersey City, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Hayden imposed the sentence by videoconference earlier today.

On May 21, 2019, Duncan knowingly possessed a Röhm .22-caliber RG10 revolver loaded with six rounds of ammunition.

At that time, Duncan had previously been convicted in Hudson County Superior Court of aggravated assault and robbery, both of which are felonies.

In addition to the prison term, Hayden sentenced Duncan to three years of supervised release.

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

Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes.

The initiative sough to improve information sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.

For more information about Project Guardian, please click here.

Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jersey City Police Department with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.