Officers with the Southeastern Wisconsin Gang Task Force say a 30-year-old Racine man is facing a felony gun charge after selling a handgun to a confidential informant.
Juan Murillo was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon and four felony counts of bail jumping. If convicted, he faces up to 34 years in prison and/or up to $65,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police on July 21, 2014 arranged the purchase of a firearm from Murillo through a confidential informant. Murillo was a known member of the La Familia street gang, and he sold a .357 Sturm Ruger to the CI.
Officers say the serial number on the gun came back as stolen out of Kenosha.
The complaint for this charge wasn’t filed until October 3, 2016, and a $25,000 warrant was issued for Murillo’s arrest. At the same time, Murillo was charged last March with felony marijuana possession and is scheduled to go to trial in January.
Murillo was also facing felony bail jumping and misdemeanor obstruction charges in February 2014 and even had a plea hearing scheduled for October 2014. Those charges, though, were dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion the same day.
The defendant remains in the Racine County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond and will next be in court Oct. 13 for his preliminary hearing.