New York Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Possessing Firearm as Previously Convicted Felon

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TRENTON, N.J. – A New York man with prior felony convictions was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Kevon Belfon, 35, of Jamaica, New York, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an information charging him with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Judge Shipp imposed the sentenced today in Trenton federal court.

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

On July 24, 2020, Belfon knowingly possessed a Taurus 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition in his vehicle in Stafford Township, New Jersey.  Belfon has two prior felony convictions, one of which involved a firearm. As a previously convicted felon, Belfon is not permitted to possess firearms.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Shipp sentenced Belfon to three years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Newark Field Division, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews; and the Stafford Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief of Police Thomas Dellane, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ian D. Brater of the Criminal Division in Trenton.

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