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City man is sentenced in firearms case

December 19, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Neftali Melendez, 26, of Woonsocket, was sentenced yesterday to 46 months in federal prison, the high end of advisory federal sentencing guidelines, for illegally selling firearms during an undercover investigation by ATF and the Woonsocket Police Department into the trafficking of firearms in Woonsocket.
U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. also ordered Melendez to serve three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Melendez pleaded guilty on Sept. 27, 2012, to two counts of felon in possession of a firearm, as charged in a federal indictment returned on March 28, 2012. No plea deal was filed in this matter.
At the time of his guilty plea, Melendez admitted to the court that on June 27, 2011, he sold a .25 caliber, semi-automatic pistol for $550 dollars; and on August 18, 2011, he sold a .38 caliber revolver and ammunition for $800 dollars. Both transactions were electronically recorded by law enforcement agents and officers.
Melendez has been detained since his arrest on March 29, 2011.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose.

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