Repeat Offender Sentenced to 45 Months in Federal Prison

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WILMINGTON, DE —  David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Jaquez Williams, age 28, from Wilmington, was sentenced Tuesday to 45 months in prison for two counts of felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika pronounced the sentence.

According to court documents, on September 23, 2020, Mr. Williams, a convicted felon, possessed a loaded semiautomatic pistol when the car he was driving was stopped for a traffic violation.  While on bail for the September 23 offense, the defendant was found in possession of another loaded semiautomatic pistol during another traffic stop. The defendant clearly has a penchant for the illegal use and possession of firearms, as he had two prior convictions relating to his illegal possession of a firearm.

U.S. Attorney Weiss stated, “Mr. Williams’ current offense and his history of illegally possessing firearms represent a clear and present danger to our community. My office and our law enforcement partners will continue to devote unlimited resources to help stem the tide of gun violence. This sentence should serve as a warning to other repeat offenders who unlawfully possess firearms.”

“This sentencing is yet another example of the stiff consequences faced by those who carry firearms illegally in Wilmington,” said Wilmington Police Chief Robert J. Tracy. “We appreciate the continued partnership of the United States Attorney’s Office, working with our police officers and investigators to ensure strong prosecution of gun charges.”

The case was investigated by the Wilmington Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edmond Falgowski.

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