Schenectady man pleads guilty to illegally possessing loaded firearm


ALBANY — A Schenectady man on Wednesday plead guilty to federal felony charges of illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

As part of a plea deal, 39-year-old Leonard Samuels admitted to possessing a loaded semi-automatic pistol, which FBI agents and officers from the Schenectady Police Department recovered while executing a search warrant of his apartment last April, according to a news release. 

Samuels also agreed to forfeit a loaded “ghost gun” recovered during the search, as well as ammunition for both weapons. A prior felony conviction prevented Samuels from owning a firearm in the state. 

Samuels faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and three years of supervision upon release when he is sentenced in October.

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.  

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