EIGHT YEARS NJSP FOR ENCOUNTER WITH WILLIAMSTOWN POLICE OFFICER
Ellick D. Wright age 26, of Philadelphia PA was sentenced on Friday, March 17th to eight years in New Jersey state prison for his conviction on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon, resisting arrest and obstructing the administration of law in an 8/25/14 encounter with a police officer in Williamstown.
The eight-year prison term was for the weapons offense and Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker said Wright will be ineligible for parole for 42 months of that sentence. Concurrent 18 month sentences were imposed for each of the resisting and obstruction convictions, which were returned by a Gloucester County jury on 8/4/16.
A defense request for bail pending appeal of the convictions was opposed by Senior Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Staci Scheetz and denied by Judge Becker.
In Wright’s trial, a Monroe Township police officer testified he discovered a handgun in the defendant’s waistband while patting him down on South Main St. in Williamstown at 2:30 a.m. in a neighborhood his department had designated for enhanced patrols. Wright pushed the officer away and fled and subsequently attempted to throw the gun away before he was apprehended, the officer testified.