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Illegal Alien Sentenced for Illegal Possession of a Firearm and False Identification Documents

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Defendant will be Subject to Deportation Proceedings after a 24-Month Prison Sentence

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Hamlet Severino De La Rosa, 41, a citizen of the Dominican Republic residing in Utica, New York, was sentenced today to serve 24 months imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The sentence followed Severino De La Rosa’s December 20, 2016 guilty plea to possession.of a firearm by an illegal alien, possession of a false identification document, and falsely representing a social security number.

As part of his guilty plea, Severino De La Rosa admitted that at the time of his arrest in April of 2016, he possessed an unloaded 12-gauge shotgun under the mattress of his bed. Severino De La Rosa also admitted to possessing false identification documents, including a Puerto Rico birth certificate, a social security card, and New York State driver’s license, all in the name of another person. The defendant admitted he possessed these identification documents with the intent to deceive authorities and others into thinking that he was a U.S. citizen born in Puerto Rico, and not his true identity, Hamlet Severino De La Rosa, a citizen and national of the Dominican Republic, living in the United States illegally. Because he was in the United States as an illegal alien, De La Rosa could not legally possess a firearm under federal law.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), the Oneida County Drug Task Force, the Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Central New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl G. Eurenius and Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Grant Garramone, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Updated April 27, 2017

Firearms Offenses
Identity Theft