St. Cloud man sentenced to federal prison for possessing unregistered short-barreled rifle

Yunis Isaac Mejia illegally modified a pistol into the short-barreled rifle

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A St. Cloud man was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle, according to a Department of Justice news release.

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Evidence showed that Yunis Isaac Mejia, 28, illegally modified a pistol into a short-barreled rifle, according to the news release. The federal National Firearms Act requires that short-barreled rifles be registered.

Mejia offered to sell the illegally-modified firearm to a confidential source who was working at the direction of the FBI, the release showed. He also provided direction to the confidential source on how the source could purchase the same model of pistol and modify it himself, according to the release.

Mejia modified a CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 pistol with a barrel fewer than 16 inches long and an aftermarket shoulder stock.

He pleaded guilty back in January.

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