ALBANY, NEW YORK – Derbie Michel, age 31, of Troy, New York, was charged by indictment today with illegally possessing ammunition as a convicted felon.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to the indictment and other court filings, Michel, a convicted felon, threw five rounds of ammunition from a car while being pursued by members of the Troy Police Department on October 15, 2022. Michel also threw a privately made firearm, or “ghost gun,” from the car during the same pursuit. The charges in the indictment and complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Michel was previously charged by criminal complaint and appeared yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel, who ordered Michel detained pending trial.
The charge against Michel carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.
This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Capital District Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which includes FBI Special Agents and members of state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Troy Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Allen J. Vickey and Joshua R. Rosenthal. The U.S. Marshals Service provided valuable assistance with the defendant’s apprehension in this case.