Trenton Man Sentenced to 9 Years for Illegal Possession of a Weapon

March 7, 2022

TRENTON, N.J. – A Mercer County, New Jersey, man with prior felony convictions was sentenced to 108 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Omar Kennedy, 40, of Trenton, previously pleaded guilty by before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Judge Thompson imposed the sentence on March 4, 2022.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On May 23, 2019, the Trenton Police Department was called to a residence in Trenton, New Jersey on the report of a domestic disturbance. When officers arrived, the female resident reported that Kennedy pointed a firearm at her and threatened to shoot and kill her. While law enforcement officers were at the location, Kennedy phoned the female victim and repeated his threat to shoot her. Officers located Kennedy in the immediate area of the home, and he was found in possession of a firearm loaded with eight rounds of ammunition. At the time of his arrest, Kennedy was on New Jersey parole in relation to a conviction for aggravated assault.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews, Newark Field Division; officers with the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Director Steve E. Wilson; and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri, with the investigation leading to the sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Gasparian of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

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Defense counsel: Andrea Bergman Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trenton