U.S. Attorney’s Office: Jersey City felon pleads guilty to possessing a firearm, ammo

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A convicted felon from Jersey City pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition during a virtual federal court hearing earlier today, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Benorce Duncan, 31, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

On May 21st, 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.

The charge to which Duncan pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for December 8th.

This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws that began in the fall of 2019.

Additionally, Carpenito credited the Newark Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Jersey City Police Department, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.