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Ex-con, Busted on Gun Charges During Parole Visit, Makes Bail

W. Nicolas
Brooklyn, NY, United States

Jul 24, 2017 — STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- An ex-convict from Stapleton who was busted by his parole officer for having a loaded gun in his home has posted bail, online city Correction Department records show.

Jeffrey Reader, 26, was arrested at about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday inside his Tessa Court home, said a criminal complaint.

Authorities found a .22-caliber Firearms International Corporation Regent revolver with four rounds in the cylinder in one of the rooms, said the complaint.

"This is my room," Reader told authorities, the complaint said.

Cops posted a photo of the gun and bullets on the 120th Precinct's Twitter account.

The defendant was charged with felony counts of criminal weapon possession and criminal firearm possession, along with a misdemeanor weapon-possession count.

He was arraigned Wednesday in Criminal Court and held in lieu of $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash bail, online state court records show.

Reader made bail Friday, according to Correction records. His next court date is Aug. 9.

The defendant potentially faces up to 15 years behind bars if convicted at trial of the top count, second-degree criminal weapon possession.

In May 2013, a jury convicted Reader of third-degree burglary for stealing "hundreds of feet of copper and brass pipe," as well as a cast-iron radiator and a water meter from a house under construction on Chestnut Street in his community on July 16, 2012.

Reader, who left more than $10,000 worth of water damage in his wake, sold the metal to a scrap dealer for $440, the Advance reported.

He was sentenced to 30 months to five years in prison.

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