MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man has been sentenced to prison in connection with a 2015 burglary in Mount Olive Township, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.
Casey R. Powers, 35, of Morris Township was sentenced on Tuesday, July 2 to an aggregate sentence of 15 years state prison, with 13-and-one-half years that must be served before he becomes eligible for parole, Knapp said.
A Morris County jury returned guilty verdicts on April 22 to second-degree burglary, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, four counts of third-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, six counts of third-degree Theft, fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree possession of CDS, and disorderly persons hindering prosecution. Due to a previous conviction for robbery, he was also found guilty of five counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and five counts of second-degree certain persons not to possess a firearm. This verdict followed a seven-day jury trial, Knapp said.
The charges stem from a residential burglary that occurred on December 2, 2015 in Mount Olive Township. Powers forcibly entered the home through a rear deck window and stole various items of jewelry, one handgun, two shotguns, and two rifles. During the course of the investigation, some of the jewelry, two rifles, and one shotgun were recovered, Knapp said.
Prosecutor Knapp thanked all the officers and agents who participated in this investigation and prosecution for their continued exceptional work. He stated, “This is a great example of the collaboration between Morris County law enforcement agencies in solving crime in our community. Assistant Prosecutor Wang and Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Schellhorn are to be commended for their outstanding advocacy on behalf of the State.”