Man Convicted of Nearly Killing Hackensack, NJ Police Director Two Decades Ago Sentenced for Gun Charges in Virginia
Felon Not to Possess Weapon Charges Bergen County NJ
A man who served 12 years in New Jersey State Prison for aggravated assault on a police officer was recently sentenced to five-and-a-half years in a federal gun case.
Appearing in federal court in Richmond, VA, 52-year-old Siddeeq Mu’min pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a weapon as a felon. According to authorities, Mu’min changed his name and denying his criminal record in order to purchase three semi-automatic weapons in Virginia.
In 1989, Mu’min was going by the name Edward C. Irvin. Several police officers, including Michael Mordaga, attempted to pull over Mu’min as part of a drug investigation. However, instead of stopping his vehicle, Mu’min sped off and led the officers on a high-speed pursuit. The chase eventually led to a crash on Route 80. At one point, Mu’min drove directly into Mordaga, trapping the officer on the hood of the vehicle. The subsequent crash caused Mordaga to be flung from the hood.
At the time, Mordaga was a New Jersey detective. Today, Mordaga is the Hackensack NJ police director.
After Mu’min was convicted of attempted murder and aggravated assault, he served 12 years in NJ State Prison.
In this most recent case, federal prosecutors cited Mu’min’s criminal history when requesting a 115-month sentence on the gun charges. The judge ultimately sentenced Mu’min to five-and-a-half years in prison.
In New Jersey, certain persons not own firearms offenses are governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7. The statute prohibits certain convicted felons from owning a firearm in New Jersey. Had Mu’min been charged with this crime in this state, he would have been subject to a 10-year sentence in state prison.
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For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Ex-Con Who Nearly Killed Hackensack Police Director Sentenced in Virginia Gun Case.“