Queens Felon Admits to Illegally Possessing Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number

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ALBANY, NEW YORK – Shamel Chung, age 35, of Bayside, New York, pled guilty today to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Chung admitted to possessing a firearm he knew had an obliterated serial and to hiding the firearm under a vehicle in an alleyway in Troy, New York, after being involved in a physical altercation nearby. Chung had been convicted of four felonies previously, all of which involved controlled substance offenses, and was on parole at the time he possessed the firearm.

At sentencing, Chung faces up to 10 years in prison, a 3-year term of post-release supervision, and a fine of up to $250,000. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case was investigated by the ATF and the Troy Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rachel Williams and Dustin Segovia