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Woodbridge Teen Spared Jail Time in Case Involving Loaded Handgun Brought to School

Woodbridge Township

Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Robert Hubner of the Woodbridge Police Department announced today that Malachi Parcells, 16, of Woodbridge, has been sentenced to a two-year term of probation for bringing a loaded handgun to a school.

According to county officials, on March 28, Woodbridge Police officers responded to JFK High School after receiving a report that a student was in possession of a handgun.

Upon arrival, officers were informed that the JFK High School staff received a tip stating that Malachi Parcells was carrying a gun to school in his fanny pack. 

Officials said that Parcells was stopped and questioned by school staff upon his arrival that morning. During a search of Parcells, a loaded 9mm handgun was found.

A subsequent investigation conducted by the Woodbridge Police department resulted in Parcells being charged with acts of juvenile delinquency for offenses which, if committed by an adult, would constitute Possession of a Weapon in an Educational Institution, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose.

According to officials, on June 24, Parcells pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. 

On June 30, the State argued for a two-year term of incarceration, however, Parcells was sentenced instead to two years of probation by the Court.