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Schenectady man involved in 2017 Glenville gun store heist sentenced

Schenectady man involved in 2017 Glenville gun store heist sentenced

One defendant left to face sentencing as 2017 case wraps up
Schenectady man involved in 2017 Glenville gun store heist sentenced
The scene in 2017
Photographer: Gazette file photo

GLENVILLE -- A 38-year-old Schenectady man involved in the October 2017 theft of dozens of firearms from Target Sports in Glenville on Tuesday was sentenced to over 11 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jose Fontanez, of Schenectady, had already pleaded guilty in 2018 to breaking into Target Sports on Oct. 22, 2017, along with Christian Roman, and stealing dozens of guns, ammunition and other property.

The duo took an inventory of their theft before stowing the firearms and ammunition in a Schenectady storage unit, enlisting the help of accomplices in Amsterdam and Rochester to retrieve and distribute the guns throughout the state.

Fontanez, who has previous felony convictions for robbery and drugs, on Tuesday was sentenced to 135 months in prison for stealing, possessing, concealing and storing firearms from the federally-licensed firearms dealer in Glenville.

U.S. District Judge Norman A. Mordue also sentenced Fontanez to three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison time and required he pay nearly $50,000 in restitution.

Roman, 25, who also pleaded guilty to his involvement in the gun store robbery, was previously sentenced to 150 months in prison. Omar DeJesus, 32, and Onic Martinez, 34, both of Amsterdam, have both been sentenced to 120 months in prison for their involvement. Dalmary Moralez, 24, of Schenectady, who helped in the theft, was previously sentenced to 57 months.

Juan Saez, 37, of Rochester, who pleaded guilty in 2018 to his involvement in stealing and transporting the weapons, is the only defendant in the case yet to be sentenced. His sentencing is scheduled for March 20.

During the 2017 gun store theft, the defendants broke a window to enter the store before smashing display cases and stealing a variety of different gun types, including pistols and long guns, totaling 67 weapons. Federal authorities arrived on scene to assist in the investigation within hours of the theft being reported. About two weeks after the heist, Fontanez was arrested in his home, though he and Roman were named suspects within days of the theft.

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