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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
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Cohoes Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Stolen Firearm

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Zachary Adams, age 30, of Cohoes, New York, pled guilty today to possession of a stolen firearm.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

As part of his guilty plea, Adams, a former delivery driver, admitted that on May 25, 2019, he stole a rifle that he was supposed to deliver to a gun dealer in Hillsdale, New York. Adams further admitted that he sold the rifle to an acquaintance several days later.

Adams faces up to 10 years in prison, a 3-year term of post-release supervision, and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 ATF and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua R. Rosenthal.

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