Hudson County man admits to possessing firearm, ammo

A Hudson County, New Jersey, man who was previously convicted of multiple felonies admitted today to possessing a firearm and ammunition.

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.

According to, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and documents filed in the court, on May 21, 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 Dec. 8, 2020.

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

Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence and enhance coordination of federal, state, and local authorities in prosecuting gun crimes.

For more information, please see https://www.justice.gov/projectguardian

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.


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