- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison under a new state law requiring tougher sentences for convicted felons who commit crimes with illegal guns.

Alexis Canadas was sentenced Friday after he was convicted in February of weapons charges after he was stopped by police while carrying an illegal handgun and hollow nose bullets in August 2014.

Prosecutors say he was eligible for the longer prison sentence because of his 16 arrests and 11 adult felony convictions over 17 years.

They say he is allegedly a high-ranking member of a Bloods street gang in Newark.

Canadas must serve 15 years before he is eligible for parole.

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