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New York Man Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Six Counts Of Illegally Possessing Firearms

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

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that ANTONIO OLMEDA of New York, New York, pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to all six counts charged in the Indictment against him: three counts of being a convicted felon in possession of various firearms, two counts of possessing unregistered machine guns and one count of possessing an unregistered short-barreled shotgun. OLMEDA was arrested in December 2011 in connection with his alleged attempt to shoot two police officers with the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”). He pled guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Bharara said: “Antonio Olmeda, a convicted felon, possessed a vast arsenal, including numerous automatic firearms, multiple machine guns and a sawed-off shotgun. The law prohibited Olmeda from having this kind of firepower at his disposal in light of his felony conviction. Our Office and our law enforcement partners remain committed to keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of convicted criminals.”

As alleged in the Indictment, OLMEDA illegally possessed the following firearms:

  • Springfield Armory Ultra Compact .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun
  • Taurus 85 Ultralite .38 caliber revolver
  • Olympic Arms PCR03 .223 caliber fully-automatic rifle
  • Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol
  • Beretta 92SB Compact 9mm Luger semi-automatic pistol
  • Cobray Industries M-11 9mm Luger fully-automatic pistol
  • Remington model Mohawk 600 .308 caliber rifle
  • Roggio Arsenal model RA-15 rifle receiver/frame
  • Interarms rifle
  • Three Springfield Armory model 1911A1 .45 caliber pistols
  • Sig Sauer model SP 2022 9mm caliber pistol
  • Taurus model PT140 Millenium .40 caliber pistol
  • Smith & Wesson model 4006 .40 caliber pistol
  • Star Bonifacio Echeverria model Firestar 9mm caliber pistol
  • Charter Arms model Police Undercover .32 caliber revolver
  • Walther model PPK/S .380 caliber pistol
  • Vulcan Arms model V15 7.62x39mm machine gun
  • Norinco AK-type 7.62x39mm machine gun
  • Mossberg model 500A 12 gauge shotgun

OLMEDA, 56, from New York City, pled guilty to three counts of being a convicted felon in possession of various firearms, two counts of possessing unregistered machine guns, and one count of possessing an unregistered short-barreled shotgun. Each of these counts carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. OLMEDA is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman on January 13, 2015. The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

OLMEDA is separately charged by the state in Queens County, New York, with two counts of attempted murder in the first degree, two counts of attempted assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and two counts of attempted assault in the first degree, all arising out of his attempt to shoot two NYPD police officers in Queens, New York, on or about December 2, 2011. The state charges are merely accusations, and OLMEDA is presumed innocent of those state charges unless and until proven guilty.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Manhattan-based Joint Terrorism Task Force, which principally consists of agents and detectives of the FBI and the NYPD; the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the United States Marshals Service. Mr. Bharara also thanked the NYPD and the Yonkers Police Department for their ongoing assistance.

The case is being handled jointly by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit and Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shane T. Stansbury, Harris M. Fischman, Michael D. Maimin, and John P. Cronan are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated May 15, 2015

Press Release Number: 14-295