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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Richard S. Hartunian
, United States Attorney
Contact: AUSA Richard Southwick

Utica Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - Harold Jones, 23, of Utica, New York, pled guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.


The announcement was made by U.S. 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, Jones admitted that on April 20, 2016, he possessed a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol and Twelve (12) rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. Jones was prohibited from possessing the pistol and ammunition because he has prior felony convictions for a New York drug offense and for Attempted Burglary.


Jones faces up to 10 years in prison, and up to 3 years of post-imprisonment supervised release, when he is sentenced on March 23, 2017 by Senior U.S. District Judge Frederic J. Scullin. 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 was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown



New York Field Division