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A Marine veteran from Virginia who was convicted in New Jersey of possessing a legally owned gun without a state permit will not go to prison after his sentence was commuted Friday by Gov. Chris Christie.

The Afghanistan war veteran is the 10th person whose weapons-related conviction or sentence has been pardoned or commuted by Christie. Like the other cases, Hisashi K.D. Pompey is an out-of-state resident who got entangled by New Jersey's strict gun laws.

Pompey, who is a father and husband, had been sentenced in 2013 to five years in prison with a mandatory minimum of three years. He was scheduled to begin serving his time on Monday.

He was arrested in 2011 after he showed up at a nightclub in Fort Lee in uniform and with his gun. His friend, who had been in an altercation, grabbed Pompey's gun. No shots were fired, according to published reports.

Christie's Good Friday commutation changes Pompey's sentence to time served.

His office continues to review Pompey's request for a pardon.

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email

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