ALBANY, N.Y. – Two men have pleaded guilty to illegal
firearms possession in two separate cases in Albany County Court and will be
headed to state prison.
Joel Hart, 29, of Schenectady, pleaded guilty to one Count of felony Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second-Degree in Albany County Court this morning.
On September 6, 2013 members of the Albany Police Department responded to a report of a fight at the Elbow Room on Delaware Avenue. When they arrived, officers were informed that a male on the scene was in possession of a handgun. Police then found Hart in his vehicle which had just been involved in a crash, and observed a Sig Sauger 9mm handgun that was loaded with 9 live rounds of ammunition inside his vehicle in plain view on the floor by the driver side seat.
He faces five years in state prison, to be followed by five years of post-release supervision, when he is sentenced on November 7, 2013.
Additionally, in a separate case, Jamal Brown, 36, of Albany, pleaded guilty to one Count of felony Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, in Albany County Court on Wednesday.
An investigation by the Albany Police Department led to the execution of a search warrant on Brown's South Pearl Street home on August 8. During the execution of the search warrant he was found to be in possession of a Nef Co. .22 caliber revolver considered to be loaded with 9 live rounds of ammunition. Police also uncovered 133 bags of heroin that were determined to be in his possession. His guilty plea fully satisfies both the weapon and drug related charges stemming from arrest relating to this search warrant.
He faces 3 ½ years in State Prison, to be followed by five years of Post Release Supervision, when he is sentenced on November 7, 2013.