For Immediate Release
Camden Man Convicted of Illegal Possession of Weapon
CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden man was convicted today of unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Marshall Onuorah, 31, of Camden, New Jersey, was convicted on one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a previously convicted felon. The jury deliberated two hours before returning the guilty verdict following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:
On Jan. 29, 2020, Camden County police officers patrolling in their marked patrol car observed Onuorah, a previously convicted felon, appearing to use his hands to conceal an object from the officers’ view. As one of the officers exited the car to approach Onuorah, Onuorah fled. Both officers pursued Onuorah on foot for several blocks before Onuorah surrendered. During his flight, Onuorah discarded a 50-round drum magazine loaded with 46 rounds of ammunition and a firearm with a Glock slide and polymer frame that had been modified to fire as an automatic weapon.
The felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Camden Field Office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Toby C. Taylor in Newark; officers of the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gabriel Rodriguez; and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty verdict.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender and Senior Trial Counsel Jason Richardson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.