Deputy U.S. Marshal Sentenced To 45 Months In Prison For Providing Firearm To Convicted Felon

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TRENTON—Antoine Dobson, a Deputy U.S. Marshal from Irvington, was sentenced last week to 45 months in prison for giving his off-duty firearm to a friend who was a convicted felon and lying under oath, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Dobson, 30, was convicted July 14, 2009, following a jury trial of one count of disposing his firearm and ammunition to a convicted felon and one count of perjury. In convicting Dobson, the jury found that he knowingly disposed of a firearm and ammunition to Larry Langforddavis, 35, of Hillside, a convicted felon. The jury also found that Dobson knowingly made a false statement when he testified before a federal grand jury investigating the offense. United States District Judge Peter G. Sheridan presided over the trial and imposed the sentence in Trenton federal court.

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According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

Dobson, who served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal with the U.S. Marshals Service in the Southern District of New York, and Langforddavis were friends who spent time together socially. On Jan. 5, 2008, Dobson and Langforddavis were out together at Jersey Girls, a strip club in Elizabeth, when Dobson was allegedly attacked in the parking lot and brought to Trinitas Hospital for treatment.

Elizabeth police officers came to the hospital to question Dobson and other witnesses concerning the events. Langforddavis, in the presence of Dobson, identified himself to two of the officers as a law enforcement officer, showing them a black semi-automatic firearm that he was wearing in a black ankle holster on his left leg.

When questioned later that day by a third officer outside the hospital, Langforddavis denied that he ever identified himself as a law enforcement officer. The three Elizabeth police officers then went to confront him, and Langforddavis fled the scene in an SUV with a flat tire. When the officers questioned Dobson about Langforddavis’ identity, Dobson falsely claimed that he did not know Langforddavis’ name or address.

On Jan. 19, 2008, Elizabeth police officers responded to Jersey Girls on an unrelated matter, where an officer identified Langforddavis walking in the parking lot of the club. Langforddavis was found to be carrying a black semi-automatic firearm in a black ankle holster, which was fully loaded with hollow point bullets.

The investigation revealed that the firearm possessed by Langforddavis was purchased by Dobson as his off-duty firearm. On Oct. 8, 2008, Dobson elected to testify before a federal grand jury in Newark that was investigating the circumstances surrounding Langforddavis’ possession of Dobsons’ firearm. During his testimony, Dobson falsely testified that he did not know that Langforddavis had a gun in his possession on Jan. 5, 2008, and that he did not recall seeing Langforddavis at the hospital.

Langforddavis was convicted of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon on Dec. 10, 2009, in a separate jury trial. In sentencing Langforddavis, Sheridan took into consideration that he had used a firearm in the commission of some of his prior criminal offenses before being arrested with Dobson’s firearm. Langforddavis was sentenced to 115 months in prison on July 21, 2010.

In addition to the prison term, Sheridan sentenced Dobson to three years of supervised release.


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