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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
William E. Fitzpatrick
, United States Attorney
Contact: Matthew Reilly

Previously Convicted Felon From Union County, New Jersey, Admits Illegally Possessing Firearms

TRENTON, N.J. – An Elizabeth, New Jersey, man today admitted possessing a shotgun, a rifle, and two handguns despite being a previously convicted felon, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

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 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 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.

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.


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