On June 13, 2019 Kashife Wyckoff , age 35, of Vineland, New Jersey, was convicted by a Cumberland County Jury during the second week of trial before the Honorable Robert G. Malestien J.S.C. The jury found the defendant guilty of three counts: Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, 2nd degree; Possession of Prohibited Devices, 4th degree; and Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Person, 2nd degree. The defendant faces a maximum of twenty (20) years New Jersey State Prisons with a minimum of five (5) years of parole ineligibility.
The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Vineland Police Department on June 6, 2018 regarding a subject with a gun near the area of 4th and Pear Street. Upon arrival at this location, officers observed three subjects one of which matched the description and saw the subjects pass around a backpack. As officers approached the subjects, they observed the handle of a handgun inside the partially exposed backpack. A search of the backpack yielded a .45 caliber Rock Island Armory handgun loaded with eight (8) hallow point bullets as well as additional loaded magazines.
The matter was prosecuted by Cumberland County Assistant Prosecutor Angelica Carrasco. Ron Thompson, Esquire, represented the defendant. Sentencing will take place on July 26, 2019.
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