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Actor gets probation term over prop pellet gun used in film

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/19/2016

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — An actor who played a bit part in an independent gangster film and used a prop pellet gun without a New Jersey gun permit likely won't have to serve a prison term.

Carlo Goias goes by the stage name Carlo Bellario. He was charged under the state's strict gun statute, which requires permits for firearms including the airsoft gun he used while filming a car chase scene in "Vendetta Games." Airsoft guns fire nonlethal plastic pellets.

The Toms River resident was sentenced Monday to two years of probation. He had accepted a plea deal offer in July.

Bellario initially said he'd reject the deal as a matter of principle. He relented after his attorney told him he could face up to 30 years due to prior felony convictions.

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