NEWARK, N.J. – A Hudson County, New Jersey, man Thursday admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition after previously having been convicted of a felony, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Nathan Miller, 32, of Jersey City, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On June 28, 2020, law enforcement officers saw Miller with a suspected firearm near the intersection of Oak Street and Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City. Miller then entered a vehicle and appeared to place the firearm in the glove compartment. Law enforcement officers stopped the vehicle and found a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun, loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition, in the glove compartment. Miller was previously convicted in the Superior Court of Hudson County, New Jersey, of possession of a controlled dangerous substance on school property, a felony punishable by more than one year in prison.
The charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for March 16, 2022.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews in Newark, and the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director James Shea, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sophie E. Reiter of the Cybercrime Unit and Sarah A. Sulkowski of the Violent Crimes Unit in Newark.