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Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 28, 2016

Schenectady Man Sentenced to 125 Months for Firearm Offense

ALBANY, NEW YORK –  John Coffin, aka “Body,” age 47, of Schenectady, New York, was sentenced today to 125 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release, for 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 (FBI).


As part of his August 4 guilty plea, Coffin admitted that he possessed a loaded 9 millimeter rifle at his home in Schenectady, and that he used that firearm to protect the drugs and cash – which were drug proceeds – he kept at his home.  In imposing sentence, Senior United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe described Coffin’s criminal history as “absolutely abysmal” and noted his “absolute penchant for drugs and guns.”

 

This case was investigated by the FBI, the New York State Police, and the Schenectady Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Wayne A. Myers.

Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated November 29, 2016