PLAINFIELD, NJ - A 25-year-old city woman who threatened a neighborhood group with a loaded shotgun two years ago has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Tuesday that Brittany Banks must serve at least 42 months of the five-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole under the terms set down Tuesday morning by state Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim.
Banks was visiting a relative at a residence on the 800 block of Hobert Avenue in Plainfield in April 2014, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Travis Carter, after which an altercation between Banks and several people gathered at the home broke out, prompting her to leave, Carter said.
Banks came back to the residence later that evening with a group of relatives and friends and took a loaded, double-barreled Charles-Daly shotgun out of the trunk of her car. She brandished the gun in the street while threatening to “shoot up” the home and several of those present, Carter said.
At that point, Plainfield Police Division patrol units were called to the scene. Banks was arrested, and following the obtaining of a search warrant, the shotgun was recovered from the trunk of her car.
Banks was found guilty of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two related third-degree weapons offenses, and a third-degree charge of making terroristic threats.