MORRISTOWN, NJ - Casey Powers of Morris Township has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison for a residential burglary, stated Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.
In 2015, Powers forcibly entered a home in Mount Olive Township through a rear deck window and stole jewelry, one handgun, two shotguns and two rifles, said authorities. Following a seven day trial in April of 2019, a jury returned gulity verdicts on counts of second degree Burglary, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, four counts of third degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, six counts of third degree Theft, fourth degree Criminal Mischief, third degree Possession of CDS, and disorderly persons Hindering Prosecution. Due to a previous conviction for robbery, defendant was also found guilty of five counts of first degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and five counts of second degree Certain Persons Not to Possess a Firearm, they said.
According to police, some of the jewelry, two rifles, and one shotgun were recovered during the investigation.
"This is a great example of the collaboration between Morris County law enforcement agencies in solving crime in our community", said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp." Assistant Prosecutor Wang and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Schellhorn are to be commended for their outstanding advocacy on behalf of the State.”
Powers must serve 13 and one half years before he becomes eligible for parole.