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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 11, 2021
Antoinette T. Bacon
, United States Attorney

Albany Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Three Loaded Firearms in Three Separate Incidents

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jamir Hartfield, age 21, of Albany, pled guilty today to unlawfully possessing three loaded handguns, as a felon, during three separate incidents in Albany in November 2018, March 2019, and August 2019. 

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF); and Chief Eric Hawkins of the Albany Police Department (APD).

Hartfield was convicted in Albany County Court, in January 2018, of criminal possession of stolen property, a felony. 

The November 2018 and August 2019 gun incidents involved encounters Hartfield had with the APD in which he fled and discarded loaded .380 and 9mm handguns. 

The March 2019 incident involved a search warrant executed by the APD at a residence on Third Street in Albany, during which a different loaded 9mm handgun was recovered.  Hartfield admitted possessing that 9mm handgun after his DNA was recovered from the gun. 

Hartfield has been in federal custody since August 14, 2019.

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino is scheduled to sentence Hartfield on October 19, 2021.  Hartfield faces up to 10 years in prison; a fine up to $250,000; and up to 3 years of supervised release.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.           

The case was investigated by the APD and ATF, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert A. Sharpe.


New York Field Division