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A Jersey City man was sentenced today to seven years in prison in connection with a 2019 shooting on Martin Luther King Drive.

According to prosecutors, the man, Hassan Mosby, 40, had previously pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Hassan’s indictment arose out of a shooting on Martin Luther King Drive between Woodlawn Avenue and Armstrong Avenue on October 12, 2019.

That day, members of the Jersey City Police Department were dispatched to the area on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a crime scene which included six 9-millimeter shell casings.

While the officers were canvassing the area and processing the crime scene, they reviewed video footage from city cameras located near the shooting. The video showed a brief altercation among a group of men on the sidewalk on Martin Luther King Drive. At the end of the altercation, Mosby pointed a gun at a man and fired several times, striking him. 

Video footage from other city cameras showed that Mosby walked directly to a nearby residence immediately after the shooting. Officers went to the residence and were let inside by a resident. There they observed Mosby sitting in a chair. Mosby said, “You got me, I’m who you are looking for. They had nothing to do with it.”

Mosby was arrested and a search warrant was obtained for the residence. Officers found a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun, which was loaded with seven rounds of ammunition.

Subsequent ballistics testing determined that five shell casings found at the crime scene were discharged from the firearm found in the residence.

In addition to the prison term, Mosby was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

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Aaron Morrill

Aaron is a writer, musician and lawyer. Aaron attended Berklee College of Music and the State University of New York at Purchase. Aaron served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. He received a J.D....