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Syracuse Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Pistol as a Felon

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Nashon T. Nance, 21, of Syracuse, pled guilty yesterday in federal court to possessing a pistol as a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)-New York Field Division, and Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler.

As part of his guilty plea yesterday, Nashon T. Nance admitted that he possessed a Smith and Wesson .45 caliber revolver on May 11, 2018, when he was arrested by Syracuse Police at 111 Smith Lane, Syracuse. Police were called to this location by a female who said that Nance had threatened her with a pistol. Nance was, at that time, on New York State Parole, having been previously convicted of the felony offense of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree in Cayuga County Court in November 2016.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 23, 2019. The charge to which Nashon T. Nance pled guilty carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of 3 years.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Syracuse Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Southwick.

Updated September 21, 2018

Firearms Offenses