Man pleads no contest in case of selling stolen rifle

A Philipsburg man pleaded no contest Friday to selling a stolen rifle in November 2010.

Robert Ellis Jr., 47, was set for trial on Tuesday on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and two counts dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, all of which are felonies.

Ellis was found to be in possession of a rifle that had been reported stolen, but when first questioned by police, he denied it and said his son found the rifle.

Ellis sold the rifle for $100, and the buyer reported it to police after seeing a news report about police investigating a report of a stolen rifle.

Ellis is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 20.