Albany Felon Arrested for Possessing Firearms | USAO-NDNY

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Albany-year-old Roderick Jones was arrested today on a federal complaint indicting two separate cases of unlawful possession of firearms.

The announcement was made by acting US attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; John B. DeVito, New York Field Division Special Representative for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); and Chief Eric Hawkins of the Albany Police Department.

The complaint alleges that Jones had a loaded .380 caliber pistol in his vehicle on January 17, 2019 when he was arrested for driving disorder. The complaint also alleges that Jones owned a 9mm pistol on September 29, 2019, which he surrendered four times in an occupied apartment building. In both cases, Jones was a felon who was banned from possession of firearms.

Jones was arrested on Wednesday on the complaint and appeared today in Albany for a hearing before United States Judge Daniel J. Stewart. After a hearing, Jones was detained pending trial.

The charges contained in the complaint are merely allegations. The accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Jones had previously been tried in Albany County Court for unlawful possession of the .380 pistol. However, that conviction was overturned by the Third Division of the Appeals Division of the New York Supreme Court in July 2020. The court ruled that the search of Jones’ vehicle that resulted in the recovery of the .380 pistol was not a valid inventory search. At the time of his arrest on the federal complaint, Jones was on trial in Albany District Court for possession and discharge of the 9mm pistol in September 2019. The Albany District Attorney’s Office dismissed these charges in the light of the federal complaint.

The charges against Jones have a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $ 250,000 and a maximum penalty of 3 years for supervised release. A defendant’s sentence is given by a judge based on the particular law that the defendant is charged with violating US Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case is being investigated by the Albany Police Department and ATF. It is being prosecuted by US assistant attorney Emmet O’Hanlon.

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