Albany man sentenced for possessing and selling illegal semi-automatic pistol
ALBANY, N.Y.—An Albany man was sentenced to fourteen years in State Prison in Albany County Court Wednesday morning.
Following a jury trial, James Stokes, 46, was found guilty of one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second and third degree, and one count of Criminal Sale of a Firearm, on May 20.
On April 15, 2013, Stokes was observed possessing an unregistered Kel-Tec 9mm semi-automatic pistol and then entered a residence on Fourth Avenue and sold the pistol for $300 cash. The pistol was loaded with seven rounds of live ammunition.
After ballistics testing on the pistol, it was determined to be the same weapon used in a shooting that occurred on Central Avenue seven hours earlier.