After multiple convictions in Essex County for criminal sexual contact and aggravated sexual assault offenses, a New Jerseyregistered sex offender is now facing charges for aggravated assault as well as weapons offenses.
According to officials from the New Jersey State Police Department, 31-year-old former North Brunswick resident Basir Loyal was previously convicted twice in Essex County for sex crimes, one of which involved a female victim younger than 13. As such, Loyal was required to register as a sex offender under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.
Most recently, he has been charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses, as he is accused of hitting a 29-year-old man in the head with a handgun at a home in Franklin Township.
Although Basir claims he was not in possession of a weapon at the time of the incident and that the alleged victim was actually attempting to attack him when he fell and hit his head, police discovered a handgun at the scene. Per reports, the gun itself had been disposed of in the back yard, while the magazine was found in the residence where the alleged assault occurred. In addition, multiple eyewitnesses have attested to the alleged assault and will likely be called upon to testify on behalf of the prosecution if Basir’s case is ultimately brought to trial.
Of the charges he is currently facing, those for aggravated assault are codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b, and can be classified as second, third, or fourth degree offenses, depending upon the circumstances of the specific case. Further, Basir has likely been charged with violatingN.J.S.A. 2C:39-7, which governs certain persons not to have weapons offenses. This statute outlaws the possession or use of a firearm by those previously convicted of specific crimes, one of which is aggravated sexual assault.
If Basir has been charged with a “Certain Persons” offense and is ultimately convicted, he could be facing a term of incarceration ranging from 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. His prior criminal record and status as a registered sex offender will also be considered by the judge among the aggravating factors which influence the sentence imposed if he is found guilty of the most recent charges.
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