For Immediate Release
Albany Woman Sentenced For Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
She Discharged Shotgun During a Dispute
ALBANY, NEW YORK - Stacey E. Mendoza, 41, of Albany, was sentenced today to serve thirty-seven (37) months in prison following her guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
As part of her guilty plea, Mendoza admitted that on the evening of June 21, 2016, she fired a 12-gauge shotgun from the window of a third-story apartment on Clinton Avenue in Albany, New York, during a dispute with a neighbor. In sentencing Mendoza, Judge D’Agostino told the defendant that she placed the public “in great danger” when she fired the shotgun “on a very inhabited street [at] a time when you would expect people to be mulling around.” Mendoza was also ordered to serve three (3) years of supervised release following her prison sentence.
This case was investigated by ATF and the Albany Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph A. Giovannetti.