Commuted by Christie: No jail time for Marine whose friend grabbed his gun
DECORATED MARINE VETERAN FIGHTING FOR HIS FREEDOM AFTER MANDATORY GUN SENTENCE IN NEW JERSEY
ABC 7 News
Friday, April 14
NEW YORK -- A decorated Marine veteran is fighting for his freedom after his arrest on gun charges in New Jersey.
Even though the firearm was legal, it was not registered in that state. The convicted man, Hisashi Pompey, has asked Gov. Chris Christie to step in.
To combat gang violence, New Jersey lawmakers several years ago tacked on mandatory sentences for gun-related offenses.
No longer does a person have to be in the process of committing a crime with a gun to end up behind bars. Simply possessing an unpermitted gun in the state can make someone a felon and a prisoner.
Pompey served as a Marine military police sergeant in three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, for which he received medals for bravery.
He has a wife and young children whom he may have to leave again -- not to serve his country but to serve three years behind bars.
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