Paterson man gets 3.5-year prison sentence for gun offense | Paterson Times

Paterson man gets 3.5-year prison sentence for gun offense


A man was sentenced to 3.5 years in state prison for a gun offense last Wednesday.

Jaquan K. Grayson, 22, of Paterson, previously pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon. He will have to serve the entire 42 months in state prison before being eligible for parole.

Grayson was originally charged with robbery and two weapons offenses which would have gotten him a much longer sentence. His attorney Kenyatta Stewart negotiated the plea deal with the prosecutor’s office.

On July 8, 2021, Grayson was approached by police while inside driver’s seat of his Nissan Maxima on East 39th Street. Police seized a handgun that was near his feet inside the vehicle. He admitted in court the weapon was his.

Stewart appeared virtually during the sentencing on Wednesday. Grayson mother urged the judge to impose a lenient sentence on her son.

The judge said she does not have the legal authority to impose a shorter sentence.

“This is the mandatory minimum the court has to impose by law,” said Passaic County judge Justine Niccolai.

Grayson has one previous conviction from the Haledon court for a disorderly person’s offense. He has been using marijuana since age 13 and graduated from Manchester High School.

  • HankMorgan

    I remember his mother and her sister from JFKHS. Good people. I wish this young man well.

  • Miss jamaica

    I wish Mr Grayson was extended the same privileges as Ms Martucci wouldn’t that be nice.

    There are two justice systems here in this country.
    Both crimes are wrong but they are not treated equally under the law.

    I remember the case in Wayne NJ where the young lady had her baby and dispose of it a garbage bag . She was also able to secure probation on that case. There was another young lady I believe she was from Paterson/ Passaic wasn’t able to do the same. Murder is Murder .
    I am hoping that our courts will someday answer this miscarriage of justice.
    This is my opinion.

    • HankMorgan

      What the hell are you babbling about? I’m curious. You may have a point to make. But you need to explicate. Details? In English? Please?

    • MarquinhoGaucho

      While I agree there are 2 legal systems in this country and disparity in sentencing, Mr Grayson was not charged with murder or tampering with a body. While Ms Martucci was…and since she was 1st to flip , she got the deal, that's the way it works…lots of people of color who snitch in Paterson are still out there…that's the way it works

      • Miss jamaica

        I agree with you and I am glad you see my point .

  • November is coming

    Oh well,,at least he got the HS diploma to show the others inmates