4 years for man who tried to sell assault rifle in Rosemont

Updated 4/24/2019 6:03 PM

A 31-year-old Chicago man who authorities say tried to sell an assault weapon in Rosemont last November to get money for Christmas gifts was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday.

Julio Perez pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. In addition to the four years, he was fined $327.


On Nov. 9, Rosemont police received information that Perez intended to sell an AK-47 assault rifle, according to prosecutors. After obtaining additional information from a social media site, police said they watched Perez's Chicago address and saw him place a long, narrow, towel-wrapped object into the trunk of a car marked by bullet holes and broken glass from an Oct. 20 shooting.

After driving to Franklin Park, Perez and two other people wound up in Rosemont, where police conducted a traffic stop.

From the trunk, police recovered an assault rifle wrapped in a towel along with ammunition, prosecutors said.

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