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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Albany Felon Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearm

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Dewey K. Sims, age 33, of Albany, was sentenced yesterday to 33 months in prison and three years of post-release supervision for unlawfully possessing a loaded .25 caliber pistol as a felon. 

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 previously entered guilty plea, Sims admitted that on March 7, 2020, he knowingly possessed a loaded .25 caliber pistol when he was pulled over for a speeding violation in the Town of Colonie.  A prior felony conviction for armed robbery prevented Sims from legally possessing the firearm.

This case was investigated by the ATF and the Colonie Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
Updated December 1, 2021