Bergen County Men Charged with Illegal Handgun Possession in NY
New York Police Arrest Hackensack Man, Mahwah Man for Allegedly Going Target Shooting with Illegal Firearms
Two men from Bergen County, NJ were recently arrested and charged with gun crimes in New York. The Bergen County suspects in the illegal handgun possession case are 22-year-old Hackensack resident Dominic Borghetti and 23-year-old Mahwah resident Nicolas Cianciaruso. In addition to Borghetti and Cianciaruso, a third suspect was also arrested and charged in connection with the case: 26-year-old West New York resident David Lamela. According to authorities in NY, the three men traveled across state lines to go target shooting with several weapons for which they did not have carry permits outside of New Jersey.
Borghetti, Cianciaruso, and Lamela allegedly brought numerous weapons with them to the Hillburn section of Ramapo, NY, which is just past the NJ-NY state line. The men were reportedly in the area for target shooting. When residents heard gunshots, they notified the local police department. Ramapo cops were then sent to the area, where they found the three suspects on Creelman Road. A quick search of the men allegedly turned up 13 weapons: seven (7) handguns and six (6) rifles. Additionally, police allegedly reportedly discovered ammunition, high-capacity magazines, and more firearm equipment. The suspects were then placed under arrest and taken to police headquarters for processing.
Gun Crime Penalties in New Jersey
Borghetti, Cianciaruso, and Lamela have been charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon in New York. Borghetti faces five counts, Cianciaruso faces 15 counts, and Lamela faces a single count. If the suspects are convicted of any of the very serious criminal weapons charges, they would be subject to severe penalties that include time behind bars in NY state prison. While awaiting resolution of the charges, the suspects are being held at the Rockland County jail on separate bail amounts of $50,000.
In this case, the three suspects have been charged with handgun possession crimes in New York. If they had instead been charged with illegal possession of a handgun or rifle in New Jersey, they would likely face even more severe penalties that those imposed under NY law. That’s because New Jersey has some of the toughest gun crime penalties in the entire country. The NJ Graves Act, which applies in most handgun possession cases, requires judges to impose a minimum mandatory term of incarceration for a defendant convicted of unlawfully possessing a firearm in New Jersey.
Fight Back Against Criminal Weapons Charges in Bergen County, NJ
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