Two brothers admit scheme to sell 22 guns illegally

Two brothers from Camden have pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to illegally sell nearly two dozen guns in New Jersey that were bought in South Carolina.

Marcus Rutling, who also lives in Saluda, South Carolina, and brother Joseph Rutling entered guilty pleas Friday to one count each of conspiring to deal firearms without a license and possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. The possession count carries a five-year maximum prison sentence and the conspiracy count carries a maximum five-year sentence.

The U.S. attorney’s office alleges the two schemed with others to buy 22 guns from pawn shops, gun stores and other sources in South Carolina and sell them in New Jersey.

The guns were sometimes transported on Amtrak trains, authorities say.

Sentenced is scheduled for early June.

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