Schenectady man faces prison time for weapon possession count

Friday, January 11, 2013
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— A local man who had been accused of firing shots toward State Street faces up to 13 years in state prison after admitting Friday to possessing the gun, prosecutors said.

Travis Ellis, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony. He had faced charges of attempted murder and first-degree attempted assault, prosecutor Peter Willis said.

He is to receive as much as 13 years or as little as eight years at his March sentencing.

Ellis was accused of running down Robinson Street just before 3 p.m. May 23, 2012, firing two rounds in the direction of State Street with a Ruger 9mm handgun.

State Street was busy with traffic at the time, including two school buses. Pedestrians were in the area as well, according to papers filed in court.

Ellis was accused of firing at a specific individual, who was never identified. Witnesses directed police to a backyard to which Ellis fled. Behind the house, Willis said, police encountered Ellis on a porch, gun still in hand. Ellis held onto it briefly, then threw it at the feet of one of the officers.

Willis commended the officers for getting Ellis to give up the handgun.

“They showed a lot of restraint in getting him to get rid of the weapon,” he said. “It was certainly a dangerous situation.”

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