Deputy US marshal convicted on firearms charge

July 14, 2009 5:52:38 PM PDT
A deputy United States marshal has been convicted of providing a firearm to a convicted felon and lying about it to a federal grand jury. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Antoine Dobson of Irvington used his position as a marshal to obtain a semiautomatic handgun last year and transferred the weapon and ammunition to Larry Langforddavis, a friend from Hillside.

Langforddavis is a reputed gang member who has previous convictions for robbery and aggravated assault.

Elizabeth police arrested him with the weapon in his possession in January 2008.

A federal jury in Trenton found Dobson guilty on Tuesday.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, he faces a potential prison sentence of between 27 and 33 months.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2.

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