STATE—A deputy United States marshal was convicted of providing a firearm to a convicted felon who was arrested last year in Elizabeth and then lying about the matter to a federal grand jury.
U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan scheduled a Nov. 2 sentencing for 29-year-old Antoine Dobson of Irvington, a deputy United States marshal assigned to the Southern District of New York, who gave his semi-automatic handgun, fully loaded with hollow-point bullets, to Larry Langforddavis, 33, of Hillside.
Langforddavis is a reputed a member of the Grape Street Crips gang with previous convictions for robbery and aggravated assault who, at the time, was under indictment for multiple additional felonies, including gun and drug charges.
The Crips are one of the largest and most violent associations of street gangs in the United States, with an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 members.
According to an FBI affidavit, when Elizabeth police arrested Langforddavis with the weapon in his possession in January 2008, it was loaded with 10 rounds of Speer .40-caliber bullets.
Langforddavis was arrested for the possession of Dobson´s handgun by officers who recognized him in the parking lot of an Elizabeth go-go bar, where police were called to break up a fight. A few days earlier, Langforddavis misrepresented himself as a law enforcement officer to the Elizabeth police officers by showing them a handgun strapped to his ankle.
Langforddavis is charged in a separate indictment with the unlawful possession of the weapon.
That indictment alleges Langforddavis is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to his past criminal convictions on charges that include aggravated assault, robbery, and unlawful possession of a handgun. His trial is currently scheduled for Nov. 9.
According to state Department of Corrections records, Langforddavis, who also goes by the aliases of Larry Davis and Chad Pennington, has been incarcerated three times since 1994 for multiple robbery and weapons-related charges, aggravated assault and distributing drugs on school property.
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