Eduardo Velasquez, of Reading, sentenced for illegal weapons sales in New Jersey

63-year-old man admitted selling 11 firearms, ammunition in 2012

NEWARK, N.J. - A Reading man has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally selling firearms and ammunition on multiple occasions in New Jersey.

Eduardo Velasquez will also have to serve three years of supervised release once he's freed under the sentence imposed by a federal judge in Newark on Tuesday.

Velasquez, 63, pleaded guilty to a complaint charging him with one count of illegally dealing in firearms.

Velasquez admitted traveling from Pennsylvania to Jersey City on five separate occasions between July 5, 2012, and Oct. 18, 2012, for the purpose of selling firearms.

Velasquez sold 11 firearms overall to a New Jersey resident for more than $9,000. The weapons included two SKS 39 mm rifles, a stolen Ruger 9 mm handgun, a Smith & Wesson .41 caliber revolver and a Desert Eagle .44 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Velasquez also sold multiple high-capacity magazines and more than 80 rounds of ammunition, including several hollow-point bullets.

Velasquez indicated to the buyer that he often shipped firearms to the Dominican Republic and could procure additional long guns, such as double-barrel shotguns and military rifles.

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