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Neptune Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm

Neptune Township

A Monmouth County man was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Honig, Khalil I. Howard, 24, of Neptune, previously pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On April 7, 2019, officers with the Asbury Park Police Department were on foot patrol in the area of the Asbury Park Gardens, a multi-building public housing complex known to local law enforcement as a high-crime area due to numerous recent gang, firearms, and narcotics-related investigations and arrests at that location. 

They had been advised of a gathering in honor of a recently deceased gang member that was taking place at the Asbury Park Gardens. The officers proceeded to the area where the gathering was taking place and conducted a walk-through of the premises. 

One of the officers observed Howard, a previously convicted felon, on the second floor attempting to conceal a large bulge in his left jacket pocket. Howard quickly turned with his left arm clenched to the side of his body and walked to the third floor. The officers ordered Howard to stop and apprehended him. 

They found a stolen Beretta 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun, loaded with one round of 9-millimeter ammunition in the chamber and an additional seven rounds of 9-millimeter ammunition in the magazine, secreted inside Howard’s left jacket pocket. 

As a previously convicted felon, Howard is not permitted to possess firearms under federal law.