Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Possession of Machinegun | USAO-NJ

NEWARK, NJ – A Brooklyn man who is a previously convicted felon was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for possession of a machine gun, US Attorney General Rachael A. Honig said.

Christian Cordero-Gotay, 29, had previously videoconferenced before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a machine gun, charges of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and charges of possession of an unregistered person Machine gun to have him on the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On August 31, 2020, Clinton Township Police Department officers conducted a vehicle inspection of a vehicle occupied by Cordero-Gotay and Genesis Bertefabian, 28. The officers detected the smell of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, an officer discovered a loaded Glock magazine under the driver’s seat. The officers tried to arrest Cordero-Gotay and Bertefabian, but Cordero-Gotay resisted the arrest and Bertefabian got into the vehicle and drove away.

A few minutes later Bertefabian crashed into a building wall. Bertefabian then left the vehicle and went into a wooded area behind the building. Police officers searched the wooded area where Bertefabian was seen where they found a 9mm Glock semi-automatic firearm. Law enforcement officials determined that the firearm was equipped with a Glock conversion device, commonly known as a “Glock switch,” which converts a semi-automatic Glock pistol into a machine gun. After receiving a search warrant for the vehicle, law enforcement agencies seized two high-capacity magazines containing 9mm ammunition.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Wigenton sentenced Cordero-Gotay to three years of supervised release.

Acting US Attorney Rachael A. Honig has special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent Jeffrey L. Matthews, and the Clinton Township Police Department under the direction of Lieutenant. credited to Thomas DeRosa, the investigation resulted in today’s conviction.

The government is represented by Special Assistant to US Attorney Stacey E. Zyriek Enriquez of the Violent Crimes Division of the US Attorney’s Office in Newark.

Bertefabian was charged in a criminal complaint with illegal possession of a machine gun and possession of an unregistered firearm. The charges against Bertefabian remain pending and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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