A New Jersey teenager was spared jail time but was sentenced to two years probation for bringing a loaded handgun to a high school earlier this year, according to the local prosecutor.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Robert Hubner of the Woodbridge Police Department announced the probation sentence for the 16-year-old boy in connection with a March 28 incident in Woodbridge.
That day, according to the prosecutor, police responded to JFK High School in Woodbridge following a report of a student with a gun. When police arrived, they were told school staff had received a tio stating the 16-year-old was carrying a gun to school inside his fanny pack.
Staff then stopped and questioned the teenager when he arrived at school that morning and found a loaded 9mm pistol when he was searched, prosecutors say.
Following an investigation, the 16-year-old was charged with felony misdemeanors for offenses which, if committed by an adult, would constitute possession of a weapon in the third degree in a facility. teaching, second-degree illegal possession of a firearm and second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose.
On June 24, the teenager pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon. Although prosecutors argued for a two-year prison sentence, he was sentenced to two years probation.