An Elizabeth man today admitted possessing a shotgun, a rifle, and two handguns despite being a previously convicted felon.
Daniel Bigelow, 28, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick and documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Bigelow admitted that despite having prior felony convictions in Union County Superior Court and New York State Supreme Court, he knowingly possessed firearms on three separate occasions.
Bigelow also admitted that he possessed a Savage Arms Stevens Model 320 12-gauge shotgun on Dec. 29, 2015 and a Hi-Point Model C9 9mm pistol on March 31, 2016.
Bigelow also admitted to having a Hi-Point Model 995 9mm rifle and a Smith and Wesson Model 686 .357 revolver in his possession on April 12, 2016. An undercover ATF agent equipped with audio and video recording devices during the deal captured evidence that Bigelow sold him that rifle and revolver.
The felon in possession of a firearm charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 21, 2017.
Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited ATF special agents, under the direction Acting Special Agent in Charge Marcus S. Watson in Newark, with the investigation. He also thanked the Elizabeth Police Department for its assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jihee G. Suh of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Patrick McMahon Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark
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