Syracuse Felon Pleads Guilty to Handgun Possession

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Rodney Ogletree, age 38, of Syracuse, pled guilty yesterday to illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman, John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and Syracuse Police Chief Joseph Cecile.

As part of his guilty plea yesterday, Ogletree admitted that on September 16, 2020, he possessed a loaded Glock Model 23, .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol with an extended magazine in Syracuse when he was driving a car stopped by Syracuse Police. Ogletree could not lawfully possess a handgun, having sustained three previous felony convictions, two of which were for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  At the time of his arrest in this case, Ogletree was serving a three-year term of federal post-imprisonment supervised release.

Ogletree faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years when he is sentenced on September 19, 2022, by Senior United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue. As part of yesterday’s court proceeding, Ogletree also admitted that he violated the conditions of a previously imposed sentence of supervised release by possessing a firearm and engaging in new criminal conduct, for which he faces an additional sentence of imprisonment of up to 2 years.  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 Syracuse Police Department, the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Marshals Service.