Defendant sentenced to 12 years for gun charge

An Elizabeth man has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison on a gun charge, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

Guilio Mesadieu, 35, must serve at least six years of that term before the possibility of parole under terms set down Friday by state Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield.

At approximately 1:20 a.m. on December 13, 2014, members of the Elizabeth Police Department responded to the 600 block of Salem Avenue on a report of a group of disorderly individuals behind an apartment complex, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Desimone, who prosecuted the case.

When the officers arrived, they saw three cars parked in the area, with loud music coming from one of them, Desimone said. As they approached that vehicle, they spotted Mesadieu sleeping in the driver’s seat with two guns in his lap, fingers on both triggers.

Mesadieu was taken into custody without incident and held on $175,000 bail. The guns were found to have been loaded.

A Union County grand jury returned an indictment against Mesadieu in April 2015, and the case proceeded to trial in December 2016. Following the three-week trial, the jury delivered a guilty verdict on a charge of second-degree certain persons not to own weapons after deliberating for approximately six hours over the course of two days.

Caulfield granted the State’s motion for an extended term under the persistent offender statute, as Mesadieu had six prior indictable convictions.