Chester man convicted of firearms charge for illegal gun possession
Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Donnell Williams, 27, was convicted and found guilty of convicted felon in possession of a firearm, following his arrest by the Chester Police Department Narcotics Unit on December 22, 2017.
Following a two-day jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. Capuzzi, Sr., Donnell Williams, 27, of the 3000 block of W. 6th Street in Chester, was found guilty Friday, January 11, 2019, of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a felony of the second degree. The arrest and investigation was conducted by Officer Marc Barag of the Chester Police Department and the case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney William Judge on behalf of the Commonwealth.
On December 22, 2017 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Officer Marc Barag of the Chester Police Narcotics Unit received information that Donnell Williams also known as "Dezzy" was in possession of a firearm in the
1100 block of Brown Street, which is a known drug and high crime area where numerous arrests have been made in the past, including for illegal guns. This area has also known for numerous shootings and shots fired calls in the preceding days.
After receiving the information, Officer Barag and assisting offices approached the area of Terrill and Brown Streets and observed a large group of individuals loitering, who quickly looked towards the area of 1107 Brown Street and yelled "Cops!” At this time, Donnell Williams was observed quickly walking onto the street while grabbing the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt. Officer Barag exited his vehicle and asked Williams to stop. When asked what he was doing, Williams stated, "I was taking a piss, Barag." While checking the area, a black .45 cal Rock Island Armory handgun was recovered on the ground next to the foundation of 1107 Brown Street under a loose pile of dry leaves in the side yard where Williams had exited. After waiving his Miranda rights, Williams stated, "Come on, Barag. You know we be stashing guns around here in case the opps (meaning rivals) come through." Williams was transported back to Chester Police Headquarters for further processing. The firearm was confirmed as stolen and submitted as evidence.
“Mr. Williams, a convicted felon, is now facing charges for carrying a stolen, illegal firearm. We commend Officer Marc Barag and the Chester Police Department for taking yet another illegal gun of the street and commend Assistant District Attorney William Judge for successfully prosecuting this case,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “Our office will continue to aggressively target illegal guns and work to stop individuals who perpetrate violence and crime in our communities.”
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
KATAYOUN M. COPELAND JOSEPH A. RYAN
DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHIEF OF DETECTIVES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 14, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252