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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, December 23, 2016
Richard S. Hartunian
, United States Attorney
Contact: Richard Southwick, AUSA

Rome Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Ammunition as a Convicted Felon

He Possessed Two Shotgun Shells Following an August 2012 Shooting Incident in Syracuse

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Alfred Laquan Thomas, 31, of Rome, New York, pled guilty today to possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.
As part of his guilty plea today, Alfred Laquan Thomas admitted that he possessed two (2) 12-gauge Remington shotgun shells in his pants pocket on August 16, 2012 when encountered by Syracuse Police minutes after a shooting incident that involved several shotgun rounds fired from his car at the front of an occupied residence on West Bissell Street in Syracuse. In pleading guilty today, Alfred Laquan Thomas also admitted that he was previously convicted of Aggravated Burglary in Kansas in 2003, and was therefore prohibited from possessing ammunition under federal law. 
The charge to which Alfred Laquan Thomas pled guilty today carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to three (3) years.  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. 
Alfred Laquan Thomas was ordered held without bail pending sentencing, which is scheduled for April 24, 2017 in Syracuse.
This case is being investigated by The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), The United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and the Syracuse Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard R. Southwick.
New York Field Division