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Man sentenced to state prison for firearm, resisting arrest charges in Sussex County

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to state prison for firearm and resisting arrest charges, according to Acting Sussex County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart.

Travon Johnson, 21, of Easton was sentenced on Sept. 7  before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, Taggart said.

Johnson was sentenced to state prison for a period of 7 ½ years with a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of 5 years with a credit for 574 days jail already served. He must submit a DNA sample and pay $405 in mandatory fees and penalties, Taggart said.

Travon Johnson pled guilty on June 26 to second-degree certain persons not to possess firearms, second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, and fourth-degree resisting arrest by flight.

In pleading guilty, Johnson admitted to unlawfully fleeing from the police in Sparta Township on Feb. 9, 2022, while in unlawful possession of two handguns, Taggart said.

Officers and detectives from Sparta Township Police, the New Jersey State Police, the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office and multiple other Sussex County law enforcement agencies, including Franklin Borough Police, Andover Township Police, Hamburg Borough Police, Hardyston Township Police and the Jefferson Township Police engaged in an hour long manhunt for Johnson and Det. Brian Hassloch of the Sparta Township Police Department located and arrested Johnson, Taggart said.

Travon Johnson was represented by Shepard Kays, Esq., and the State was represented by Special Deputy Attorney General and Acting Assistant Prosecutor Jerome Neidhardt.

Jay Edwards

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