Feds: Schenectady man admits brandishing gun on Facebook Live stream; Illegally possessed, faces prison

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ALBANY – A Schenectady man has admitted to illegally possessing a loaded handgun as a felon, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Thomas Hendricks Jr., 40, of Schenectady pleaded guilty Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Hendricks admitted that he brandished a 9mm semi-automatic pistol while live-streaming on his Facebook account last June 20, prosecutors said.

He also admitted to possessing the same loaded gun eight days later, when police seized it as part of an investigation, prosecutors said.

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Hendricks has two prior felony convictions, for criminal possession of a weapon and aggravated cruelty to animals, which prevent him from possessing a firearm in New York, prosecutors said.

Hendricks faces up to 10 years in prison at his sentencing later. Hendricks waived his right to appeal any sentence of 3 years, 10 months or less, according to his plea agreement. His final term will be determined by the judge.

The case was investigated by the ATF and the Schenectady Police Department, with assistance from the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon.

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