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Albany Felon Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Handgun

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Saul McDuffie, age 33, of Albany, pled guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Chief Eric Hawkins of the Albany Police Department. 

In pleading guilty, McDuffie admitted to possessing a loaded Taurus handgun, which he placed on the tire of a car parked on North Swan Street in Albany, on October 28, 2019.  McDuffie has multiple prior felony convictions, including two convictions for drug offenses, for which he was sentenced to a total of over six years in prison, and a burglary conviction, for which he was sentenced to two to six years in prison. 

At sentencing, McDuffie faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.   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 Albany Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cyrus P.W. Rieck and Rachel L. Williams. 

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