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Gloversville felon charged with possessing a rifle

Gloversville felon charged with possessing a rifle

A Gloversville man was sentenced this week to more than five years in state prison for illegally pos

A Gloversville man was sentenced this week to more than five years in state prison for illegally possessing a gun as a felon, authorities said.

Angel Burgos, 41, formerly of S. Judson Street in Gloversville, was sentenced in U.S. District Court Monday by Judge Thomas J. McAvoy to a total of five years, seven months in prison. He pleaded guilty to the possession charge in December.

Burgos was accused of possessing a Winchester rifle in August 2012 in Fulton County while having prior felony convictions. He most recently had a felony marijuana conviction from 2008.

In a pre-sentence filing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Sharpe contended Burgos has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1989.

Burgos had a friend hold onto the Winchester during his most recent prison sentence, prosecutors contended. He then retrieved it after he returned home.

Sharpe also wrote that Burgos has repeatedly violated his probation and parole.

“Nothing has ever changed this defendant and his ways and gotten him to stop breaking the law for serious offenses,” Sharpe wrote.

Sharpe asked McAvoy to sentence Burgos to five years, 11 months.

Burgos’ attorney Timothy Austin asked McAvoy for a sentence of just three years, six months. Austin wrote that there was no reliable information “suggesting that Mr. Burgos had any malevolent intentions with the firearm.”

Austin also noted that the gun was not loaded when found by police, there was no ammunition and might not have even been functional.

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