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Motorcycle Gang Member Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Six Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Michael McDermott Smashed a Glass Gun Case to Steal Five Shotguns and One Rifle, and Pointed a Firearm at Witnesses

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Michael C. McDermott, age 30, of Troy, New York, was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for stealing six firearms from a Walmart, a federally licensed firearms dealer. United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); and Bethlehem Police Chief Gina F. Cocchiara made the announcement.

When pleading guilty last October, McDermott admitted to forcing his way into the Walmart in Glenmont, New York, while it was closed overnight, smashing the glass gun case, and stealing five shotguns and one rifle.  McDermott also admitted that when employees chased him into the woods, he pointed a firearm at them.   

United States District Judge Anne M. Nardacci also imposed a 3-year-term of supervised release, which includes a special condition of supervision barring McDermott from any association with members, associates and/or prospects of the Suicide Squad motorcycle gang.

The ATF and Bethlehem Police Department investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan S. Reiner prosecuted.

Updated February 26, 2024

Firearms Offenses