ELIZABETH, NJ - Elizabeth resident Guilio Mesadieu has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison on a gun charge, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced.

Mesadieu, 35, must serve at least six years of that term before the possibility of parole under terms set down by state Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield.

He was arrested December 13, 2014, by Elizabeth Police officers who had  responded to the 600 block of Salem Avenue on a report of a group of disorderly individuals behind an apartment complex, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Desimone, who prosecuted the case.

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They spotted Mesadieu sleeping in a car with two, loaded guns in his lap, fingers on both triggers. Mesadieu was taken into custody without incident and held on $175,000 bail. The guns were found to have been loaded.

A Union County grand jury returned an indictment against Mesadieu in April 2015, and the case proceeded to trial in December 2016. Following the three-week trial, the jury delivered a guilty verdict on a charge of second-degree certain persons not to own weapons after deliberating for approximately six hours over the course of two days.

Since Mesadieu had six prior indictable convictions, he was sentenced for an extended term under the persistent offender statute.