NORRISTOWN – A former Lower Providence man is headed to state prison for illegally possessing a firearm when a protection from abuse order prohibited him from having firearms.
Jacob David Angelilli, 34, formerly of the 300 block of Conestoga Way, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to three to seven years in a state correctional facility after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of persons not to possess firearms in connection with a December 2012 incident in the township. Judge Gary S. Silow, who accepted a plea agreement in the matter, ordered Angelilli to surrender to state prison officials on Nov. 8 to begin serving the sentence.
An investigation began on Dec. 18, when Lower Providence police responded to the 300 block of Conestoga Way after Angelilli’s ex-girlfriend claimed Angelilli attempted to gain entry to her apartment after she told him he was not welcome there, according to an arrest affidavit. The woman told police she fled to her bedroom and called 911 out of fear, believing that Angelilli was in possession of a handgun, according to the criminal complaint.
Police conducted a traffic stop of Angelilli’s pickup truck at Eagle Stream Drive and Ridge Pike, at which time Angelilli told police he was homeless and that he had a handgun in his vehicle, according to the criminal complaint.
“The defendant also acknowledged that he recently received notification from the Pennsylvania State Police that he was prohibited to possess a firearm,” Lower Providence Detective Charles DeFrangesco alleged in the arrest affidavit.
Subsequently, police, armed with a warrant, searched Angelilli’s vehicle and found a Glock .40-caliber handgun and a box of ammunition, according to the criminal complaint.
The investigation determined that at the time, Angelilli was “a listed defendant in an active protection from abuse order” issued in March 2010 and not expiring until March 2013.
“The order prohibits the defendant from possessing a firearm or other weapon,” DeFrangesco alleged.
Other charges of burglary, criminal trespass and firearms not to be carried without a license were dismissed against Angelilli as part of the plea agreement.
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