St. Cloud man receives 21-month sentence for modifying pistol, creating short-barreled rifle

A 28-year-old St. Cloud man was sentenced to 21 months in prison for possessing a short-barreled rifle.

Yunis Issac Mejia was sentenced this week by United States District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza to 21 months in federal prison for possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle. Mejia pled guilty in January, according to court records.

Mejia was found guilty of illegally modifying a CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1 pistol, with a barrel less than 16 inches long, with an aftermarket shoulder stock, converting the pistol into a short-barreled rifle.

Court records say that Mejia then offered to sell the illegally modified firearm to a confidential source working at the direction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In addition to the sale, Mejia provided direction and instruction to the confidential source on how the source could purchase the same model of pistol and modify it himself.

Under the federal National Firearms Act, short-barreled rifles are required to be registered.

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