A Morristown man suspected of tossing a loaded revolver into a dumpster while running from police a day after Christmas was offered a plea deal in Superior Court on Monday.
Delmar Walker, 34, would have to serve at least 42 months of a five-year sentence in state prison if he agrees to plead guilty to a second-degree charge known as “Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons,” said Meghan Knab, a spokesperson for Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.
In return, authorities would drop charges of unlawful handgun possession, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and obstructing the administration of law.
The “certain persons” charge pertains to persons barred from having weapons because of prior convictions for serious offenses. Walker has a burglary conviction, according to authorities.
Conviction on a second-degree “certain persons” offense carries a jail term of five to 10 years.
Morristown detectives recognized Walker, who was wanted on arrest warrants, emerging from a Martin Luther King Avenue grocery store on the morning of Dec. 26, 2019. Walker outran police and vanished on Clyde Potts Drive, according to police.
A citizen reported seeing Walker throw a gun into a dumpster on Flagler Street during the chase, an account that appeared to be confirmed by a Morristown Housing Authority surveillance camera.
Police subsequently found a loaded .22 caliber revolver in the dumpster, and Walker was arrested in a building on Clyde Potts Drive, according to court documents. At the time, Walker told police he tossed a bag of marijuana, not a gun, records state.
Walker’s public defender, Tracy Denholtz, declined to discuss the plea offer after Monday’s appearance before Super Court Judge Stephen Taylor in Morristown. Walker is scheduled back in court on Feb. 24, 2020.
Assistant Prosecutor Robert Graber represented the state.
This story has been updated to clarify that Walker would get a five-year jail sentence, and would be ineligible for parole for three-and-a-half years, under terms of the plea offer.