Friday, June 10, 2011

WOODBURY — A 2009 deer hunting trip has cost a Monroe Township man five
years in state prison.

Manndel E. Mobley, 38, of Crestwood Drive, was sentenced this week by
Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall Jr. after being convicted of
possession of a weapon by a person not lawfully entitled to possess one.

A state conservation officer had received information that Mobley, a
multiple convicted felon prohibited from possessing a weapon, was still
wielding a gun in the woods, according to Bernie Weisenfeld, spokesman for
the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office. The officer encountered Mobley in
hunting attire and carrying a shotgun as he crossed Blue Bell Road in Monroe
Township on Dec. 9, 2009. The officer, in plainclothes and in an unmarked
vehicle, engaged Mobley and his companions in conversation and learned they
were hunting, Weisenfeld said. Additional officers were called to the scene
and Mobley was arrested as he was getting into a pickup truck.

As his trial was about to begin on Aug. 26, Mobley pleaded guilty to the
weapons offense and to a separate charge of eluding a police officer in a
motor vehicle in Franklin and Washington townships on Sept. 13, 2008.

Mobley, whose convictions include burglary in 1995 and illegal weapons
possession in 1993, is ineligible for parole for the entire five year term.

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