GLENVILLE – A Rochester man who admitted to helping in the aftermath of the October 2017 gun heist at a Glenville store was sentenced this past week to more than seven years in federal prison.
Juan Saez, 38, received a total of seven years, three months after he admitted to receiving, possessing and storing firearms taken from Target Sports, Inc., in Glenville on Oct. 22, 2017.
He pleaded guilty in May 2018 and was sentenced Friday.
Saez admitted that he traveled from Rochester to Amsterdam to meet with Christian Roman and Jose Fontanez, the two prime actors in the heist. Roman and Fontanez were then on the run from law enforcement and hiding out with another man, Omar DeJesus, after they stole more than 60 firearms from Target Sports, officials said.
Saez agreed to help and then did help the two travel to Rochester along with most of the stolen firearms, prosecutors said. After arriving in Rochester, Saez then helped Roman and Fontanez avoid police and also hide or sell the stolen firearms, officials said.
Saez was also sentence having been previously convicted of a felony for a drug offense, prosecutors noted.
Fontanez, Roman, DeJesus and others were previously sentenced for their roles.
Fontanez, 38, of Schenectady, pleaded guilty in 2018 to stealing the firearms and received more than 11 years in prison. Roman pleaded guilty to similar charges and received more than 12 years.
DeJesus, 32, and Onic Martinez, 34, both of Amsterdam, pleaded guilty to charges related to their roles and received 10 years each.
Another person, Dalmary Morales, 24, of Schenectady, received just under five years for her role.
The case was investigated by the ATF, state police, Glenville Police Department and prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney Wayne A. Myers.