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Guilderland Man Sentenced to 85 Months for Armed Robbery of Drug Dealer

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Alexander G. Madera, age 21, of Guilderland, New York, was sentenced today to 85 months in prison for robbing a marijuana dealer and brandishing a pistol in furtherance of the robbery at the dealer’s residence in Guilderland.

United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Bryan Miller, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); and Guilderland Police Chief Daniel P. McNally made the announcement.

As part of his earlier guilty plea, Madera admitted that on January 23, 2022, at about 5 a.m., he and Jorge Rosario, armed with a rifle and pistol, respectively, entered a single-family residence in Guilderland with the goal of robbing a marijuana dealer.  After entering the residence, Madera robbed the dealer of $172 in drug money, at gunpoint, in the dealer’s bedroom, while Rosario remained on guard in the living room.  Before they could leave the residence, however, they were attacked and disarmed by other residents of the house.  They were then restrained until the police arrived and arrested them.  Both have remained in custody since that time.

Rosario pled guilty and will be sentenced on July 9, 2024.  Under the terms of Rosario’s plea agreement, the parties have jointly recommended that Rosario receive a prison term of between 168 and 188 months, and a 5-year term of post-imprisonment supervised release.

Chief United States District Judge Branda K. Sannes also ordered that Madera serve a 3-year term of supervised release following his release from prison.

ATF and the Town of Guilderland Police Department investigated this case, with the assistance of the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emmet O’Hanlon and Joshua R. Rosenthal are prosecuting the case.

Updated June 14, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime