ATLANTIC CITY MAN SENTENCED FOR WEAPONS POSSESSION CHARGES

A Superior Court Judge sentenced a 19-year-old Atlantic City man to eight years in prison on Friday on two counts of unlawful possession of a handgun, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said.
In accordance with the May 17, 2011 plea agreement, Lamar Cherry must serve three years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.
On Aug. 24, 2010, Atlantic City police officers were conducting surveillance in the Stanley Holmes Village due to ongoing disputes and shootings in the development. While the officers were at the complex, they noticed a group of males in an argument. When the police went to investigate the incident, Cherry grabbed the right side of his pants. Officers then searched him and discovered a .38-caliber handgun. Cherry was arrested at the scene.
On March 11, 2011, while officers were conducting another surveillance at the complex, Cherry was observed with a group of people. The officers observed Cherry repeatedly reach down into his waistband. The officers then saw Cherry yawn and stretch, at which time Cherry’s sweatshirt rose above his waistline. At that point the officers saw the black handle of what turned out to be a handgun. Cherry was subsequently searched, taken into custody and the weapon was recovered, according to Assistant Prosecutor Edmund Mallqui-Burgos who represented the state.

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