CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A Camden man is headed to prison for his role in the sale of 22 guns that were obtained in South Carolina and sold in New Jersey.
Marcus Rutling, 33, who also lives in Saluda, South Carolina, recently received a 14-year sentence, federal prosecutors said. He also will also have to serve three years of supervised release once he’s freed.
Rutling and his younger brother, Joseph Rutling, 24, of Camden, had both pleaded guilty in March to charges of conspiring to deal firearms without a license and possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.
From April 2013 and July 2014 the brothers conspired with others to illegally sell numerous firearms without a license, including handguns, shotguns and an assault rifle, prosecutors said. They obtained the firearms from pawn shops, gun stores and other sources in South Carolina and brought them to New Jersey, at times using Amtrak trains to transport the guns.
Marcus Rutling personally sold or participated in the sale of at least seven firearms, including handguns and shotguns, to a witness cooperating with federal officials, authorities said.
Joseph Rutling personally sold or took part in the sale of at least 15 firearms, including handguns, shotguns and an assault rifle, also to a cooperating witness. On at least five occasions, he sold ammunition with the firearms.
Joseph Rutling is due to be sentenced Oct. 30.
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