DOJ Seal

Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Richard S. Hartunian
, United States Attorney
Contact: Richard Southwick

Utica Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Firearm as a Convicted Felon

The Beretta Pistol was Stolen in a Residential Burglary

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Norman Hamlin, 47, of Utica, New York, pled guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge Ashan M. Benedict of the New York Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).


As part of his plea, Hamlin admitted that on February 6, 2016, he possessed and sold a Beretta .22 caliber pistol, manufactured in Maryland, and previously reported stolen from a residence in Vienna, New York.  Hamlin was prohibited from possessing the pistol because he has sustained prior felony convictions.


At sentencing on August 10, 2017, Hamlin faces up to 10 years in prison, a $100 special assessment, and up to 3 years of post-imprisonment supervised release.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.


This case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown


New York Field Division