Jeru Mccray, 43, has been sentenced to five years in state prison for Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree – a charge he’s earned from manufacturing ghost guns and keeping them at his Upper West Side apartment along with high-capacity magazines and ammunition, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg announced in a December 13 press release.
The illicit activity reportedly took place in an apartment with a young child, and evidence shows that for about two years, beginning in November 2019, Mccray was purchasing parts for ghost guns which were delivered to his UWS address.
It’s also been noted that Mccray has a prior felony conviction, though details of that case have not been made clear. This makes him ineligible to obtain a firearms license.
At the time of his arrest, the NYPD recovered one fully assembled ghost gun, a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, several high-capacity magazines, parts for an AR-15 and more. “The room from which the unsecured gun was recovered was shared with by MCCRAY’s family member, a young child,” the press release states.
In partnership with the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies, the Manhattan DA established the Ghost Guns Initiative in 2020. “To date, the Ghost Guns Initiative has prosecuted cases involving the seizure of over 80 ghost gun parts, 42 fully assembled ghost guns, 24 serialized firearms, 421 high-capacity magazines, 45 silencers, and other gear including scopes and rapid-fire modification devices.” An Upper East Side man was also recently indicted for manufacturing guns in his apartment.