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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Man Convicted Of Illegally Possessing Handgun And Ammunition

ALBANY, NEW YORK – On Friday, March 27, 2015, a federal jury in Albany convicted Shakir Michael, age 37, of Albany, New York, of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Special Agent in Charge Delano A. Reid of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, New York Field Division. Michael faces a maximum sentence of imprisonment of ten years and a maximum fine of $250,000 for possessing a loaded Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun. Michael, having previously been convicted on two prior occasions of felony offenses under New York State law, was prohibited from carrying any firearms under federal law. Michael, who was convicted after a four day trial, will remain in custody until his sentencing scheduled for August 4, 2015 by United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino. The jury acquitted Michael of a separate charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

This prosecution resulted from an investigation conducted by the Albany Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert A. Sharpe.

Updated April 6, 2015