Previously convicted felon sentenced to 10 years for having gun

NEWARK, NJ — A Newark man who negotiated the sale of 17 firearms over a five-month period was sentenced July 10 to 10 years in prison for possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Reginald Moultrie, 50, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, on July 20, 2017, Moultrie, who had at least one prior felony conviction in Essex County Superior Court, possessed an assault rifle capable of accepting a large capacity magazine. As part of the plea agreement, Moultrie also acknowledged that between May 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2017, he negotiated the sale of 17 firearms. Moultrie’s nephew, Richard Lowman, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in the unlicensed business of dealing in firearms and is awaiting sentencing.

In addition to the prison term, Cecchi sentenced Moultrie to three years of supervised release.