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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Guilty Plea in Illegal Firearms Sales

PROVIDENCE - A Providence man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday to selling two firearms, one with an obliterated serial number, to a local person and one to an undercover law enforcement out-of-state resident.

Diosvany Cabreja Renosa, 21, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and sale of a firearm to an out-of-state resident, announced United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Kelly D. Brady, and Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr.

According to information presented to the Court, on April 9, 2018, Reynosa, 21, sold an individual in Providence a 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number, and on November 15, 2018, he sold an undercover ATF agent, who lives in Massachusetts, a semi-automatic rifle with a drum magazine.

In the first transaction, Reynosa acknowledged to the buyer that he was selling him a firearm with an obliterated serial number. In the second transaction, the undercover agent clearly stated to Reynosa that he was a Massachusetts resident. Reynosa acknowledged that he was aware that the person to whom he was selling the firearm did not live in Rhode Island.

According to ATF records, Reynosa is not a federally licensed firearms dealer.

Reynoso was arrested by members of the ATF Task Force on December 19, 2018, six days after a federal grand jury returned a sealed indictment in this matter.

Reynoso is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith on August 30, 2019.

Possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and sale of a firearm to an out-of-state resident are punishable by statutory penalties of up to 5 years in federal prison to be followed by up to 3 years supervised release.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah.

The matter was investigated by ATF, the ATF Task Force, and the Providence Police Department. U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman acknowledges and thanks the Pawtucket Police Department for their assistance in the investigation of this matter.

The ATF Task Force is comprised of law enforcement agents and officers from ATF, the Providence and Pawtucket Police Departments, Rhode Island State Police, and the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.   

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
Jim Martin (401) 709-5357
Press Release Number: 
19-45
Updated April 16, 2019