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Felon Sentenced for Unlawful Firearms Possession

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Todd P. Donohue, age 44, formerly of Wallkill, Ulster County, New York, was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for unlawfully possessing firearms as a felon.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Field Division.

Donohue, who has a 2003 felony drug conviction, admitted that he possessed a shotgun and a rifle when law enforcement searched his home on December 28, 2019.  He also admitted to engaging in the trafficking of firearms, by selling at least 5 firearms to individuals living in Orange County, Putnam County and Ulster County, New York, in 2019. 

Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also imposed a 3-year term of post-imprisonment supervised release.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.  Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.  For more information about Project Guardian, please see

Updated November 10, 2020

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