MOTION DENIED TO DISMISS JAMES KAUFFMAN WEAPONS INDICTMENT


MAYS LANDING – The Atlantic County Superior Court has denied a motion to dismiss the indictment of James Kauffman for multiple weapons charges, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

The motion to dismiss the indictment was filed on Oct. 16, 2017. The court’s denial to dismiss the indictment comes after arguments were presented on November 17, 2017, from Kauffman’s defense attorneys and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy.

Kauffman is indicted on the following charges:

  1. Second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon-Handguns without Permit
  2. Second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon-Handguns without Permit
  3. Second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
  4. Fourth degree Obstructing the Administration of Law or Government Function

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, with the assistance of agents from the FBI and local police agencies, executed a search warrant on both the business and the residential addresses of Kauffman.

Upon executing the search warrant on June 13, Kauffman displayed a Ruger 9mm handgun. Ultimately a hostage negotiator was successful in getting Kauffman to surrender to authorities. He was taken into custody at the Psychiatric Intervention Program for monitoring. Kauffman was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and obstruction of the administration of law.

On July 31, 2017, the state Appellate Division upheld Kauffman’s pretrial detention, following an appeal filed on June 22, 2017, after Kauffman was detained on June 19, by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury.

Kauffman remains in custody at the Atlantic County Justice Facility, where he has been detained since June 13, 2017.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seth Levy is prosecuting the case.

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***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.***

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Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.

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