Onondaga County Man Sentenced to 68 Months for Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking and Possession of Crack Cocaine for Distribution
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Anthony A. Parker, age 55, of Troy, was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and New York State Police (NYSP) Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen.
In pleading guilty, Parker admitted that on April 13, 2020, while employed as a driver at the Federal Express distribution center in Menands, New York, he removed a package from a conveyor belt that was addressed to a Capital Region gun store that contained a Ruger 57 5.7 x 28mm caliber semi-automatic pistol and two magazines. Parker later hid the pistol and magazines at his residence in Troy. At the time he stole and possessed the pistol and magazines, Parker had a prior conviction for second-degree murder.
Parker has been in custody since his arrest on a federal complaint on May 13, 2020.
In addition to the prison sentence, Chief U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby sentenced Parker to serve a 3-year term of post-release supervision.
This case was investigated by the FBI and NYSP, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet J. 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.