ALBANY – A Halfmoon man was convicted last week of federal firearm and threat charges in the first local federal trial since the pandemic began, U.S. Attorneys officials said.
Romano McCain, 48, of Halfmoon, was convicted Thursday of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited person and two counts of interstate transmission of threats to injure another person, officials said.
The federal jury found McCain and another man had a dispute over the man’s failure to pay $65 for a motorcycle vest in January 2020. Then, in demanding payment, McCain sent the man threatening Facebook messages saying “Bro..just have my money….i play with guns..no fighting….and i always have one on me…you on that bs….pay me pay money,” followed by, “i will blow your [expletive] head off,” prosecutors said.
McCain then sent a second man a threatening message later that month after a falling out with that man over money McCain owed, prosecutors said. In that incident, McCain sent that man a message reading “I will kill your dauther..bro..i dont know me….we at the strip in morning..be there…me and my girl…with the heat..see you there.” The man had an infant daughter at the time and “heat” was slang for a gun, prosecutors said.
“The Strip” was an area on River Road in North Greenbush frequented by motorsport enthusiasts. On Feb. 23, 2020, McCain went there, got into a fistfight and soon fired a rifle in the direction of a crowd of people, prosecutors said.
Finally, Feb. 28, 2020, agents executed a search warrant at his girlfriend’s house in Latham, where he had spent the previous night. Agents found a loaded .38 special caliber revolver and ammunition. He was accused of possessing those while the subject of a domestic violence restraining order, officials said.
McCain is to be sentenced in September and faces up to 10 years in prison on the firearms conviction and up to five on the threat convictions.
The case was investigated by the ATF, North Greenbush Police Department and the Colonie Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cyrus P.W. Rieck and Rachel Williams prosecuted.