Willingboro Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Firearms to Convicted Criminals
A man from Willingboro NJ is headed to federal prison after pleading guilty to criminal charges for illegally selling hundreds of handguns to convicted felons in Camden, New Jersey.
According to law enforcement, the suspect went to Ohio and purchased firearms from sellers at gun shows. In most instances, said authorities, the individuals selling the guns to the suspect did not have a license to do so. Additionally, the suspect allegedly bought guns through what are known as “straw purchases,” with associates buying the guns on the suspect’s behalf and then transferring the weapons to him.
Federal officials alleged that the suspect illegally purchased, and subsequently sold, more than 200 firearms. Most of the sales by the suspect reportedly took place in the Camden NJ area, usually not long after the suspect or another man transported the weapons via a rental car or on board a Greyhound bus.
The suspect was eventually arrested and charged with numerous federal crimes, including dealing firearms without a license, conspiring to sell firearms without a federal license, and a certain persons offense for possessing firearms as a convicted felon.
The 36-year-old suspect, who lives in Willingboro, New Jersey, managed to avoid a trial by reaching a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In exchange for the suspect pleading guilty to the weapons offenses, federal prosecutors agreed to recommend a relatively light sentence.
The suspect recently made an appearance in US District Court in Camden NJ for a formal sentencing hearing. The district court judge sentenced the suspect to five years behind bars, in accordance with the recommendation of federal prosecutors.
In addition to being sentenced to a term of incarceration of five years, the suspect was also ordered to meet certain requirements upon completion of his prison sentence. The suspect will be under supervised release for three years, with more penalties in store if he fails to abide by the terms of his release.
Meanwhile, the man who allegedly brokered the sale of the weapons on behalf of the suspect is also headed to prison after previously entering a guilty plea on federal gun crime charges.
For additional information, check out the NJ.com article, “N.J. Man Gets 5 Years for Smuggling 200 Guns from Ohio.”
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