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Troy Man Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison For Possessing A Handgun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Felon Dropped Weapon While Fleeing the Police

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Ronnie Robinson, age 21, of Troy, New York, was sentenced today to four years in prison after being convicted of the crime of felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Delano A. Reid, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New York Field Division, and Rensselaer Police Department Chief Frederick Fusco.

Robinson was a passenger in a car stopped by the Rensselaer Police Department for a traffic violation in the early morning hours of June 24, 2014. When asked to exit the vehicle, he fled on foot and in the course of his flight dropped a handgun. After further pursuit, Robinson was captured and the handgun was recovered. At the time, Robinson had prior state felony convictions for attempted criminal possession of a narcotic drug (third degree) and attempted reckless endangerment (first degree).

The four-year sentence of imprisonment, imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Gary L. Sharpe, will be served consecutively to the 18-month to 3-year sentence of imprisonment Robinson is currently serving for an unrelated state conviction. Following his release from prison, Robinson will be required to serve three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the ATF and the Rensselaer Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Cyrus P.W. Rieck.

Updated November 4, 2015

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