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Man sentenced to 3 years in state prison for possession of a knife for unlawful purpose

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart

Bryan Schmidt, 44, of Newton was sentenced on Jan. 19 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, Taggart said.

Schmidt was sentenced to 3 years in New Jersey State Prison and must pay $155.00 in fines and fees, Taggart said.

Schmidt pled guilty on Dec. 20, 2022 to third-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. In pleading guilty, he admitted to being in the possession of a knife with the intent to use the knife on the victim, Taggart said.

Schmidt was represented by Matthew W. Young, Esq., and the State was represented by Special Deputy Attorney General and Acting Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

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Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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