A Vineland man faces five years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to a gun charge, according to the state Attorney general’s Office.

Alessi Gonzalez, 26, of Vineland, pled guilty to a second-degree charge of unlawful possession of a handgun before Superior Court Judge Darrell M. Fineman in Cumberland County , according to a release from the office. Under the plea agreement the state will recommend a sentence of five years in prison. He would be eligible for parole in two years.

Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced by Fineman on Feb. 1.

Gonzalez was charged as a result of an undercover investigation by the New Jersey State Police Weapons Trafficking South Unit. During that investigation, Gonzalez illegally sold a fully loaded .32-caliber revolver to a cooperating witness inside an apartment in Vineland on Dec. 2, 2011.

Gonzalez is one of 57 defendants indicted so far in 2012 on charges of trafficking and possessing illegal guns as a result of a new initiative launched by the Attorney General’s office.

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