NEWARK, N.J. – An Elizabeth, man previously convicted of multiple felonies was found guilty in federal court of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Jarrell L. Daniels, 29, of Elizabeth, was convicted after a two and a half-day trial before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court of one count of being a felon in possession of a semi-automatic submachine gun with a high capacity magazine and multiple rounds of ammunition. The jury deliberated less than two hours before delivering the guilty verdict on February 20, 2020.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

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On the morning of April 9, 2018, Daniels was walking down Irvington Avenue in Elizabeth, carrying a loaded .45 caliber Masterpiece Arms ACP submachine gun, with 30 additional rounds of ammunition in an extended magazine. Daniels was wearing a disguise, as well as latex gloves. He came upon his victim and opened fire, shooting at his victim 16 times, but none of the shots struck the victim. As he fled the scene, Daniels dropped his head covering and later stashed the gun and other items of clothing in a nearby trashcan. DNA on these items, as well as surveillance footage and ballistics evidence, ultimately enabled the authorities to identify Daniels as the shooter.

The count on which Daniels was convicted is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled. is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @TAPElizabeth. 

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