For Immediate Release
Schenectady Man Charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
ALBANY, NEW YORK -Elijah Torres, age 30, of Schenectady, New York, was charged earlier this month with unlawfully possessing a loaded 9mm pistol as a felon.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
The criminal complaint alleges that Torres, a felon, possessed a loaded 9mm pistol on March 18, 2020 in Schenectady. The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Torres appeared last Friday before United States Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart, and was ordered detained pending further proceedings.
Torres faces up to 10 years in prison, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 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.
This case is being investigated by the ATF and Schenectady Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashlyn Miranda.