ALBANY – A Saratoga County man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court related to “ghost gun” sales, following a related guilty plea from a Fultonville man in November, U.S. Attorney’s officials said.
The Saratoga County man, Christopher Montano, 36, of Edinburgh, also admitted to distributing methamphetamine, officials said.
In the “ghost gun” case, Montano admitted that he and co-defendant Michael Castelluccio conspired to build and sell firearms from component parts ordered online, prosecutors said.
The resulting guns are known as “ghost guns” because they lack serial numbers, making them difficult for law enforcement to trace, prosecutors said.
Montano admitted to conspiring to process and transfer short-barreled rifles and to doing so without having the proper approvals, officials said.
Montano faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to life. He waived his right to appeal any sentence of just over 12.5 years or less.
Castelluccio pleaded guilty in his case Nov. 5 to unlawfully transferring an unregistered short-barreled rifle that had machine gun capability.
Castelluccio faces up to 10 years in prison at his April sentencing and agreed to give up his right to appeal any sentence of six years, six months or less.
The case was investigated by the ATF, Homeland Security Investigations, along with the Schenectady County and Montgomery County sheriff’s offices. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Wentworth-Ping.