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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Schenectady Man Indicted For Firearm Offenses

ALBANY, NEW YORK – A federal grand jury today returned a two-count superseding indictment charging John Coffin, age 46, of Schenectady, New York, of being a felon and armed career criminal in possession of a firearm, as well as possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The superseding indictment alleges that on March 23, 2015, Coffin possessed a Walther P22 semi-automatic pistol and .22 caliber ammunition.

The superseding indictment also alleges that on July 28, 2015, Coffin possessed a Hi-Point 995 9-millimeter rifle and 9-millimeter ammunition, and possessed that rifle and ammunition in connection with a drug trafficking crime.

The charges in the superseding indictment are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Coffin has three prior convictions for violent felonies or drug trafficking crimes, making him an armed career criminal under federal law and subject to a minimum 15-year prison sentence if convicted.  Additionally, any person convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime is subject to a minimum 5-year prison sentence.

Coffin faces the maximum of life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine if convicted of either count.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on a combination of factors including the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and relevant statutes.

Trial is scheduled to begin on March 21, 2016 before United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe. Coffin is detained until trial.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Schenectady Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Wayne A. Myers and Kofi Sansculotte.

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Updated February 4, 2016