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Previously Convicted Felon from Essex County Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearm

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man who negotiated the sale of 17 firearms over a five-month period was sentenced today to 120 months 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. Judge Cecchi imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.  

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, Judge Cecchi sentenced Moultrie to three years of supervised release. 

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, with the investigation. He also thanked officers from the Newark Police Department, under the direction of Department of Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, for their assistance. 

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Kearney of the U.S. Attorney’s Office National Security Unit in Newark.

Updated July 10, 2019

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 19-201