Previously Convicted NY Man Sentenced After Being Found in Possession of Firearms in Passaic

A New York man who was convicted by a federal jury of possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon was sentenced today to 77 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Officials say Francisco Vallejo, 29, was previously convicted of possessing a firearm despite his three prior felony convictions in Passaic County Superior Court. Vallejo was convicted on July 26, 2018, following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton, who imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial: On June 7, 2015, Vallejo was arrested in Passaic, New Jersey, after reports of a disturbance and gunshots were made to the Passaic Police Department. Responding officers detained Vallejo on the street, and thereafter located a loaded .25 caliber firearm in a nearby garbage can.

Police say a nearby security camera captured Vallejo stashing the firearm in the garbage can, and he was later found to have gunpowder residue on his hands. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wigenton sentenced Vallejo to three years of supervised release.