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Colorado Woman Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Participation In Conspiracy To Illegally Transfer Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. – A former resident of Colorado was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for her involvement in a conspiracy to illegally transfer firearms from Colorado to a felon in New Jersey, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Krystel Lopez, 28, of Greeley, Colorado, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to one count of an indictment charging her with conspiracy to illegally transfer firearms interstate. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Between February and April 2013, Lopez purchased an assault rifle and a handgun in Colorado. Later in April 2013, she mailed both the assault rifle and the handgun to the business address of a known felon in New Jersey, who was prohibited from possessing such weapons. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Lopez to two years of supervised release. 

U.S. Attorney Fishman praised special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Terence S. Opiola, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. 

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Courtney Howard and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Kearney of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.

Defense counsel: Michael Calabro Esq., Newark

Updated September 16, 2016

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 16-036