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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, February 26, 2024
Carla B. Freedman
, United States Attorney

Motorcycle Gang Member Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Six Firearms

Michael McDermott Smashed a Glass Gun Case to Steal Five Shotguns and One Rifle, and Pointed a Firearm at Witnesses

ALBANY, N.Y. — Michael C. McDermott, age 30, of Troy, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for stealing six firearms from a Walmart, a federally licensed firearms dealer. U.S. Attorney Carla B. Freedman; John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and Bethlehem Police Chief Gina F. Cocchiara made the announcement.

When pleading guilty last October, McDermott admitted to forcing his way into the Walmart in Glenmont, New York, while it was closed overnight, smashing the glass gun case and stealing five shotguns and one rifle. McDermott also admitted that when employees chased him into the woods, he pointed a firearm at them.   

U.S. District Judge Anne M. Nardacci also imposed a 3-year-term of supervised release, which includes a special condition of supervision barring McDermott from any association with members, associates and/or prospects of the Suicide Squad motorcycle gang.

ATF and Bethlehem Police Department investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Reiner prosecuted.


New York Field Division