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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
Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Ulster County Felon Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Firearm Possession

Bram Fox Also Admits to Manufacturing, Possessing Several Dozen Firearms

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Bram Fox, age 43, of Kerhonkson, New York, pled guilty today to unlawfully possessing a rifle as a previously convicted felon. Fox also admitted to manufacturing and possessing several dozen firearms, which law enforcement seized from his Ulster County house earlier this year.

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), made the announcement.

Fox admitted that from about October 2020 until January 2023, he purchased firearms parts from numerous online retailers; had these items shipped to his residence in Kerhonkson; and then used these firearms parts to manufacture non-serialized handguns and rifles, which are sometimes called “ghost guns” due to the fact that this type of firearm does not contain a serial number imprinted by a manufacturer.

Fox also acquired several serialized firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, including an Aero Precision M5 rifle. Fox has felony convictions in New York and Connecticut, including a 2009 conviction for an armed bank robbery, that prevents him from lawfully possessing the rifle, and other firearms and ammunition.

Fox has been in custody since his arrest on January 31, 2023. He faces up to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years of post-imprisonment supervised release, when United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino sentences him on October 26, 2023. 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.

Fox also agreed to abandon, to the ATF, all firearms, ammunition, firearms parts and related items that were seized from his residence and formerly in his possession, including more than 25 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

The ATF and New York State Police investigated this case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett is prosecuting this case.

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