A Salem County man, who has three prior felony convictions, was sentenced on Wednesday to 57 months in prison for illegally possessing a handgun.

28-year-old Rahim Seals previously pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig's office says,

On Dec. 27, 2019, while Seals was walking in Salem City, detectives from the Salem City Prosecutor’s Office attempted to arrest Seals on an outstanding warrant. Seals fled and dropped a Sig Sauer P238 .380 caliber handgun loaded with seven hollow point rounds of ammunition. Seals has three prior felony convictions, including a controlled substance offense and two resisting arrest offenses.

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In addition to the prison term, Seals was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Salem City Police Department; and the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office with the investigation that lead to today's sentencing.

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