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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of New York

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 4, 2024
Carla B. Freedman
, United States Attorney

Albany Felon Sentenced to Prison for Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm

ALBANY, N.Y. — Charles E. Williams, 35, of Albany, was sentenced today to 55 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon. 

U.S. Attorney Carla B. Freedman and U.S. Marshal David L. McNulty made the announcement.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force tracked Williams to a hotel in Albany County to arrest him for a kidnapping. When searching his hotel room on Nov. 18, 2021, Deputy Marshals found a .357 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver. Williams was prohibited under federal law from possessing the firearm as a result of a prior New York State felony conviction for assault in the first degree.

Since committing this federal offense, Williams has also been convicted of additional felonies for kidnapping, robbery, assault and witness intimidation charges in state courts in Albany and Rensselaer Counties; and he faces additional armed robbery charges in Albany County. 

Chief United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes also imposed a 3-year-term of supervised release.

The U.S. Marshals Service investigated the case with assistance from the North Greenbush Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Reiner prosecuted the case.


New York Field Division