TRENTON, N.J. — A man who is unable to use his arms was held in jail for four months on charges that he possessed an illegal handgun, police in New Jersey admitted Friday.
Marcus Hubbard, 28, suffers from spinal injuries and may also have ALS, the Times of Trenton reported. He has lost the use of both arms and certainly could not hold or fire a gun.
However, police found him in a car with three other men this summer when officers pulled the vehicle over for running a red light, the newspaper reported.
Police found an unlicensed handgun and the drug codeine in the car. When none of the men would admit to owning the gun, police arrested and charged all of them — including Hubbard.
Though the other suspects allegedly tried to convince police that the gun was not Hubbard’s, his bail was set at $100,000. He couldn’t pay, the paper reported, so he’s been in custody since Aug. 5.
Hubbard was finally released without bail on Friday after the story began garnering public attention. However, he must still face the criminal charges in court. Hubbard has previously served time in prison on two separate occasions.
The Times of Trenton estimated the cost of holding Hubbard to be at least $60,000, not including the cost of staffing the guards or any medical expenses.
Local police confirmed that they were aware of Hubbard’s condition, but said that the charges — and Hubbard’s long detention — were appropriate.