A Jersey City man previously convicted of a felony has pleaded guilty to possession of a semi-automatic handgun, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachel Honig announced.
Nathan Miller, 32, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon court.
On June 28th, 2020, law enforcement officers saw Miller with a suspected firearm near the intersection of Oak Street and Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City. Miller then entered a vehicle and appeared to place the firearm in the glove compartment.
Law enforcement officers stopped the vehicle and found a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun, loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition, in the glove compartment.
Miller was previously convicted in the Superior Court of Hudson County, New Jersey, of possession of a controlled dangerous substance on school property, a felony punishable by more than one year in prison.
The charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for March 16th, 2022.
Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews in Newark, and the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director James Shea, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.