Feds: Fultonville man sentenced in ‘ghost gun’ case; Given 2 years, 6 months

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ALBANY – A Fultonville man was sentenced Thursday after admitting earlier to selling firearms built from component parts purchased online, often called “ghost guns,” federal prosecutors said.

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Michael Castelluccio, 43, of Fultonville, was sentenced to a total term of 2 years, 6 months in federal prison, officials said.

He pleaded guilty in federal court earlier to one count of unlawfully transferring an unregistered short-barrel rifle that had machine gun capability, prosecutors said.

Castelluccio admitted in November 2020 that he built and sold firearms from component parts that he ordered online and that he did so between August and October 2019, prosecutors said.

The firearms are commonly called “ghost guns” because they do not have serial numbers, making it difficult for law enforcement to trace them, prosecutors said.

He admitted to illegally building and selling short-barreled rifles, as well as selling a gun modified to allow it to shoot more than one shot by a single function of its trigger, officials said.

Castelluccio was arrested in October 2019, along with a second man, Christopher Montano, residence unavailable.

They were charged after authorities allege they sold the five unregistered short-barreled rifles at Castelluccio’s Fultonville residence Sept. 12 to an undercover ATF agent. None of the weapons had serial numbers, an affidavit written then by a federal agent in the case alleges.

Montano in February pleaded guilty related to the “ghost gun” sales. He is to be sentenced in December.

The case was investigated by the ATF, Homeland Security Investigations, along with the Schenectady and Montgomery county sheriff’s offices. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Wentworth-Ping.

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