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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Jersey

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 6, 2021
Rachael A. Honig
, United States Attorney

Camden Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Weapon

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Marshall Onuorah, 32, of Camden, was convicted at trial in June 2021of 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.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hillman sentenced Onuorah to three years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Camden Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews 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 Grace C. MacAulay, with the investigation leading to today’s sentence.

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.

Newark Field Division