Greene County Man Charged with Unlawfully Possessing a Rifle
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Robert Twiss, age 58, of Earlton, New York, was charged yesterday with being a felon in unlawful possession of a firearm.
The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The criminal complaint alleges that on October 24, 2016, Twiss possessed a Plainfield M-1 rifle at his Greene County residence. The charge in the complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The defendant appeared today in federal court in Albany before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel and was ordered detained pending trial.
If convicted, Twiss faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years. A sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
This case is being investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss.