A Hudson County man previously convicted of three felonies admitted today to illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition in connection with a shooting, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Police said Jamel Armfield, 20, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On June 24, 2020, Armfield knowingly possessed a .45 caliber Springfield Armory semi-automatic handgun, Model XD-45 ACP, and 14 rounds of .45 caliber ammunition, when he fired nine rounds from that handgun at a vehicle traveling on Gates Avenue in Jersey City.
The motive and intended target(s) remain unknown. The shooting was captured on a nearby surveillance camera.
The firearm was then hidden by Armfield and recovered by members of the Jersey City Police Department. It contained five additional rounds of ammunition.
At that time, Armfield had previously been convicted in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County, of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances on or near school property, and resisting arrest, all of which are felonies.
The charge to which Armfield pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for April 6, 2021.