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Watervliet Felon Charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Calvin Strong, age 29, of Watervliet, New York, was ordered detained today pending trial on a charge that he unlawfully possessed a firearm as a felon.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

The complaint alleges that Strong, a felon, possessed a handgun in Watervliet on or about November 23, 2021.  The charge in the complaint is merely an accusation.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 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 is being investigated by the United States Probation Office for the Northern District of New York, the ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, and the Watervliet Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss. 

Updated December 16, 2021

Firearms Offenses