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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, December 15, 2022

Schenectady County Felon Admits Unlawful Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jason Seminary, age 44, of Duanesburg, New York, pled guilty today to unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Guilderland Police Chief Daniel P. McNally.

Seminary admitted that on December 26, 2021, in Schenectady County, he possessed a loaded Ruger .22 caliber rifle. Guilderland Police Detectives located the rifle while executing a search warrant on a pickup truck Seminary had been driving. Seminary’s prior felony conviction, for burglary-second degree: causes physical injury, prevented him from legally possessing the rifle and ammunition.

Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. will sentence Seminary on April 15, 2023, at which time Seminary will face up to 10 years in prison and up to 3 years of post-imprisonment supervised release. Seminary also faces sentencing in Albany County Court on an unrelated charge of criminally negligent homicide; he has agreed that his state term of imprisonment, of 2 to 4 years, will run consecutive to his federal term of imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the Town of Guilderland Police Department, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Town of Rotterdam Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

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