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Felon Charged With Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm at Albany International Airport

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Josef Jarvis, age 32, of Albany, appeared in federal court today on a charge of unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon at the Albany International Airport on August 16, 2021.

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 Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple, Sr.

The criminal complaint alleges that Jarvis, who has prior felony convictions for racketeering and weapons offenses, possessed a loaded handgun while attempting to pass through a security checkpoint at Albany International Airport on August 16, 2021.

The charges in the complaint are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

If convicted, Jarvis faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment 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.

Jarvis appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel, who ordered him detained.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Transportation Security Administration.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Wentworth-Ping.

Updated August 18, 2021

Firearms Offenses