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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of New York
Carla B. Freedman, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, January 19, 2024

Binghamton Felon and Escapee Sentenced to 48 Months for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

UTICA, N.Y. — Charles Harrison, 35, of Binghamton, was sentenced today to serve 48 months in federal prison following his trial and conviction for possessing a firearm as a prohibited person (convicted felon).  

U.S. Attorney Carla B. Freedman and U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of New York David L. McNulty made the announcement.

The trial evidence demonstrated that, following his 2012 conviction in the Northern District of New York for Conspiracy to Possess and Distribute controlled substances, Harrison was serving the final portion of his sentence at a halfway house in Connecticut. Harrison absconded from the halfway house, resulting in a warrant being issued for his arrest. On March 29, 2022, the U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force found Harrison hiding under a mattress in an apartment in Binghamton, New York. The U.S. Marshals also located a loaded handgun in the bedroom next to where Harrison was hiding. Forensic and testimonial evidence presented at trial linked Harrison to the handgun that was in the apartment, and the jury voted to convict him of possessing the firearm as a prohibited person by reason of his prior felony conviction.

United States District Judge David N. Hurd also sentenced Harrison to serve three years of supervised release to begin after his prison sentence.

This case was investigated by the United States Marshalls Service with assistance from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the New York State Police, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Binghamton Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica N. Carbone and Thomas R. Sutcliffe.


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