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Westchester Man Sentenced On Weapons Charges For Defaced Handgun

Richard Johnson, of Mount Vernon, was convicted on weapons charges.
Richard Johnson, of Mount Vernon, was convicted on weapons charges. Photo Credit: File

A Westchester man will spend time in prison after being found guilty by a jury of possessing an illegal weapon.

Richard Johnson, 37, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty on Monday, Dec. 2, following a jury trial in Westchester County Court on multiple felony weapons charges.

Johnson was found guilty of one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced.

This week, Johnson was sentenced to eight years in state prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision.

On Aug. 16 2018, Mount Vernon Police officers responded to a 911 emergency call on Hussey Road where there were reports of a man with a gun. Upon arrival, police found Johnson with a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun that had the serial number defaced.

Johnson was arrested at the scene without further incident, and he was later indicted by a Westchester County grand jury, which found him guilty.

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