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Albany Woman Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Stacey E. Mendoza, age 40, of Albany, pled guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.


The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).


As part of her guilty plea, Mendoza admitted that on the evening of June 21, 2016, she fired a 12-gauge shotgun out of the window of a third-story apartment on Clinton Avenue, during a dispute with a neighbor. As a convicted felon, Mendoza could not legally possess the Winchester Model 1300 pump-action shotgun.


Mendoza, who has been in custody since December 12, 2016, is scheduled to be sentenced on August 9, 2017 by United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino. She faces up to 10 years in prison and up to 3 years of post-imprisonment supervised release, and a maximum $250,000 fine. 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.


The case was investigated by ATF and the Albany Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph A. Giovannetti.

Updated April 13, 2017

Firearms Offenses