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

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Troy Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Possession Of A Firearm

TROY, NEW YORK – RICHARD S. ELY, 27, of Troy, New York, entered a guilty plea yesterday before the Honorable Mae A. D’Agostino to an indictment charging him with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Joseph Anarumo, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Police Chief Steven Krokoff of the Albany Police Department. The defendant is facing a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, a term of supervised release of up to three years, and a maximum fine of $250,000. ELY is being detained pending his sentencing which is scheduled for February 20, 2014.

According to the plea agreement: On June 7, 2012, a search was conducted at ELY’s residence in Troy, New York. The search of ELY’s residence resulted in the seizure of a .22 caliber firearm and ammunition which belonged to ELY. ELY had previously been convicted of two felonies: (1) a 2007 conviction for criminal sale of a controlled substance and (2) a 2012 conviction for aggravated driving while under the influence with a child under age fifteen as a passenger.

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

Updated January 29, 2015