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Iowa City man charged will selling stolen gun

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 13, 2012 6:30 AM

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An Iowa City man was charged with trafficking in stolen firearms and involving a minor in unlawful activities.

According to Iowa City police reports Eric Cole, 20, was charged on Feb. 4 with possession of a firearm as a felon, trafficking in stolen weapons, second-degree theft, and using a juvenile to commit certain offenses.

Cole, under Miranda, allegedly admitted to exchanging the stolen weapons with the minor on several occasions and to selling the weapon for $150 to an unknown male at a party. Cole's alleged admissions were confirmed through police investigation.

Possession of a firearm as a felon and second-degree theft are Class D felonies, punishable by up to five years in jail and a maximum fine of $7,500. Trafficking in stolen weapons and using a juvenile to commit certain offenses are both Class C felonies, punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a maximum fine of $10,000.

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