Two area men with prior felony convictions now face federal charges of illegally possessing firearms.
In the first case, Archie L. Taylor, 29, formerly of 202 Division St., Schenectady, faces one federal count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Taylor is accused of possessing a Titan Tiger .38 special revolver at his residence May 4, 2012, according to an indictment filed last week.
Taylor was initially charged in state court, but the gun was later found to not work, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Sharpe said. State statutes don’t allow for charges when guns don’t work, but federal statutes don’t make the distinction, Sharpe said.
In Taylor’s case, he is accused of possessing the inoperable handgun while having previously been convicted of a felony.
Taylor was on parole for 2003 drug and perjury convictions from Schenectady.
The drug convictions relate to two March 2003 drug sales during an undercover police operation.
The perjury counts related to later-disproved testimony by Taylor that police planted the drugs on him.
Taylor was originally sentenced to a total of 8.3 to 25 years in state prison.
Through various reductions, including reforms of the Rockefeller drug laws, his total sentence was eventually knocked down to 7.5 to 10 years.
He was released in December 2010.
At his 2010 resentencing, Taylor told a state court judge that he was a changed man.
A hearing on parole violations is scheduled for this week, state officials said. The result, though, might be only another month in state custody.
Federal authorities are expected to take custody of him when his state time is complete, Sharpe said.
He faces up to 10 years in federal prison, if convicted.
In the second case, Gloversville resident Angel Burgos was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Burgos, 40, is accused of possessing the weapon, an inoperable Winchester rifle, in August in Fulton County. He most recently had a felony marijuana conviction from 2008.