NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for illegal possession of a machinegun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of an unregistered firearm, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Anthony Reynolds, 28, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti, who imposed the sentence today.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On May 2, 2020, while on patrol near Summer Avenue and May Street, Newark police officers saw Reynolds remove a .40-caliber Glock handgun from his waistband and place it underneath a parked vehicle. The gun was loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition and was fitted with a “Glock Switch,” which effectively converted it into a machinegun. The machinegun was not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required by law. Reynolds was previously convicted in federal court in the District of New Jersey of carjacking, an offense punishable by more than one year’s imprisonment.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Martinotti sentenced Reynolds to three years of supervised release.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Newark Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. She also thanked the Newark Department of Public Safety, under the leadership of Director Brian O’Hara, for its assistance in the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sophie E. Reiter of the Cybercrime Unit and Sarah A. Sulkowski of the Violent Crimes Unit in Newark.
Defense counsel: Chester Keller Esq., First Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark