Friday, March 21, 2014

Philadelphia Man Found Guilty for Unlawful Possession of a Handgun

MAYS LANDING – A Philadelphia man was found guilty in Atlantic County Superior Court for unlawful possession of a handgun, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On June 21, 2012, Atlantic City Police officers on directed patrol observed the suspicious behavior of a man at the open trunk of a motor vehicle parked on South Carolina Avenue. 
Further investigation led to a motor vehicle stop and subsequent warrant search of the vehicle, from which was recovered a loaded 9 millimeter Walther P99 semiautomatic handgun. 

The driver, identified as Rasshon Bennett, then 20, of Philadelphia, was charged with unlawful possession of the weapon.
Today, before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Donna M. Taylor, Bennett was found guilty of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a 2nd degree crime, carrying a potential penalty of 5-10 years imprisonment.
Sentencing is scheduled before Superior Court Judge Donna M. Taylor on May 5, 2014. Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Joyce represented the State in the case.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


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