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College student in Ithaca pleads guilty to federal weapons charges

A college student in Ithaca has pleaded guilty to felony firearms offenses.

Federal prosecutors said Maximilien Reynolds, 21, of Rumson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to one count of willfully causing false statements to be made to a licensed firearms dealer during the purchase of a firearm, and one count of possessing firearms not registered in the National Firearms Registry and Transfer Record, related to his possession of a sawed-off Savage MSR-15 Multi-Caliber 223/5.56mm Patrol Rifle, a bomb, and a silencer.

In March, investigators were tipped off to Reynolds’ stash of weapons and arrested him.

As part of his guilty plea Tuesday, Reynolds admitted that on November 28, 2017, he gave another student money to purchase a Savage MSR-15 Multi-Caliber .223/5.56 mm Patrol Rifle. Reynolds later cut down the barrel of the rifle, making it illegal to possess.

He also admitted that he possessed a destructive device (bomb), and a firearms silencer seized from his apartment in Ithaca by Federal Agents and Ithaca Police on March 7, 2018. In pleading guilty, he also admitted that he possessed a .25 caliber Bauer Arms semiautomatic pistol with an obliterated serial number that was recovered by New York State Police divers from a canal on the south end of Cayuga Lake.

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