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Louisiana Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Shipping Firearms to Upstate New York

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Rodell Patterson, age 52, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was sentenced today to the maximum 60 months in prison for engaging in the firearms business without a license.

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

Chief United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes also imposed 3 years of supervised release. 

Patterson previously admitted to mailing eight packages containing a total of 10 firearms from Baton Rouge to the Capital Region in 2021 and 2022.  Two of those firearms were recovered in June 2022 at the Troy, New York, apartment of a man on parole.  Patterson acknowledged that he knew these transfers were unlawful, and he admitted to engaging in extensive conversations with the recipient of the packages about the types of firearms and the amount of payment.   

Patterson still faces an indictment in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana for possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon.  That charge is merely an accusation of which Patterson is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  If convicted of that charge, Patterson faces up to an additional 15 years in prison. 

ATF’s Albany Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and ATF’s Baton Rouge Field Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Reiner prosecuted the case.

Updated June 14, 2024

Firearms Offenses