WATCHUNG, NJ - A former New York City Police sergeant was sentenced on Friday to five years in state prison, with 42 months to be served without parole, after she was found guilty of second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and disorderly persons criminal mischief in an incident in Watchung, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson announced on Tuesday.
Superior Court Judge Kevin Shanahan handed down the sentence on Friday to Wanda Anthony, 48, of Staten Island.
Anthony was convicted on Oct. 12, 2017, following a three-week jury trial before Superior Court Judge Bradford M. Bury.
Anthony’s conviction stemmed from an incident that occurred at 3:30 a.m. on April 30, 2014, in Watchung, New Jersey. At that time, defendant Anthony was employed as a Sergeant with the New York City Police Department, but was off-duty and in Watchung on a date with a High Tor Drive resident, Robertson said.
Shortly after she arrived at a High Tor Drive residence, Anthony was involved in a physical altercation with the girlfriend of the resident, and after the altercation, Anthony brandished her NYPD-issued 9mm handgun and fired one round into the High Tor Drive resident's vehicle in the driveway of the residence, authorities said.
The projectile shattered the rear driver’s side door window and lodged in the vehicle’s right front A-pillar, and Anthony fled the scene after firing the shot, but was located nearby and arrested by Watchung police, Robertson said.
Detectives from the Watchung Police Department investigated the incident. A Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office forensic technician later recovered two projectile fragments from the resident’s vehicle, and a ballistics expert matched the projectile fragments to defendant Anthony’s handgun. After the incident, defendant Anthony was terminated by the NYPD.
The State was represented by Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor W. Brian Stack.
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