CAMDEN, NJ—A Camden man was sentenced to 80 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Tuesday.

Anthony Thomas, 27, was arrested by Camden County Police officers on Aug. 13, 2017, after they observed him retrieve a handgun from underneath the passenger seat of a vehicle in which two young children had been playing.

According to court documents, Thomas showed the gun to a second man before he, the second man and the two children entered the vehicle. When the officers approached the vehicle and told Thomas and the others to exit, Thomas ran away from the scene. He was arrested a short time later, and a search of the vehicle revealed a loaded, Glock Model 17, 9mm handgun beneath the seat where Thomas had been sitting.

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Thomas previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. Judge Bumb imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Bumb sentenced Thomas to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the ATF Camden Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John Devito, and the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief J. Scott Thomson, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Vidoni of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

Thomas was represented by Thomas J. Young Esq., assistant federal public defender, Camden.