Paterson Duo Arrested with Semi-automatic Handgun & Stolen Vehicle

Police in Paterson arrested a pair of city men on Thursday night for allegedly driving around in a stolen vehicle with a handgun. According to Police Director, Jerry Speziale, the driver was identified as 22 year-old Bryant McLaurin, and the passenger was a 16 year-old. Detectives allegedly observed a blue Chevrolet Sedan with Massachusetts license plates which they recognized from an earlier bulletin indicating that the vehicle was stolen.

Detectives John Farfan and Marty Luizzi stopped the vehicle. As the occupants were exiting the vehicle, Detective Farfan noticed a semi-automatic handgun in the passenger compartment. The gun was secured and sent to a New Jersey State Police Laboratory for testing, and the car was returned to its owner. The two were charged with multiple weapons offenses in addition to receiving stolen property and unlawful taking of means of conveyance. Click here to read more at

Even if you have no prior criminal record, being convicted of a gun charge can mean serving a lengthy term in NJ State Prison with a period of parole ineligibility as per the sentencing provision that applies to gun cases known as The “Graves Act.”  The Graves Act means that an individual convicted of such an offense must be sentenced to a term of prison with a minimum term of parole ineligibility fixed at, or between, one-third to one-half of a sentence imposed, or 3 years, whichever is greater. The penalties for a crime of the second degree is punishable by a term of up to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

If you find yourself in the situation that you or a family member is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, you should contact an attorney immediately. Criminal Defense Lawyer, Alissa D. Hascup is a former Morris County Prosecutor who is skilled and experienced in representing countless clients charged with weapons offenses. She is committed to ensuring you get the best possible outcome for your case. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.