NEW JERSEY – A New York man who is a previously convicted felon was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for possessing a machinegun, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig.
Christian Cordero-Gotay, 29, of Brooklyn previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to one count of possession of a machinegun, one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and one count of possession of a machinegun not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, Honig said.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, on Aug. 31, 2020, officers of the Clinton Township Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop of a vehicle occupied by Cordero-Gotay and Genesis Bertefabian, 28. The officers detected an odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Pursuant to a search of the vehicle, an officer observed a loaded Glock magazine under the driver’s seat. The officers attempted to place Cordero-Gotay and Bertefabian under arrest, but Cordero-Gotay resisted arrest and Bertefabian got in the vehicle and drove away.
A few minutes later, Bertefabian crashed into the side of a building. Bertefabian then exited the vehicle and walked into a wooded area behind the building. Law enforcement officers conducted a search of the wooded area where Bertefabian was seen, where they found a 9 mm Glock-type semiautomatic firearm. Law enforcement officials determined that the firearm was fitted with a Glock conversion device commonly referred to as “Glock Switch,” which has the effect of converting a semiautomatic Glock pistol into a machinegun. After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, law enforcement recovered two high-capacity magazines loaded with 9mm ammunition.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Wigenton sentenced Cordero-Gotay to three years of supervised release, Honig said.