PLATTSBURGH — A Plattsburgh man has been convicted of two weapon possession charges.
A trial jury found that Evan R. Laduke, 23, possessed a model 17 Glock handgun and metal knuckles when he was arrested by Plattsburgh City Police on March 14 of this year, a release from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office said.
He was found guilty of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.
The investigation into the man’s illegal activity began after Laduke’s brother, Jacob Laduke, was arrested by City Police.
The two men were driving separate vehicles in the City of Plattsburgh at about 2 a.m. March 14 when officers stopped Jacob and found a 9mm pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and body armor, police told the Press-Republican soon after the two brothers’ arrests.
Police traced Evan’s handgun through the State Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and discovered a Vermont resident had sold the weapon to him for $700 in Grand Isle, Vt., the DA’s Office said.
Investigators reviewed text messages between Evan and the seller of the gun that were sent around the time of the sale.
A search warrant of Evan’s 38 Adirondack Lane residence in the City of Plattsburgh turned up two illegal handguns, metal knuckles, several pieces of body armor, multiple tactical vests and holsters, ammunition for handguns and long guns, knives, rifles, tear gas, a security badge, a ski mask and duct tape, the DA’s Office said, adding that the two handguns were the only items possessed illegally.
As a precaution, Plattsburgh High School was placed on lockdown that day for about an hour until City Police secured the apartment, which was located near the school.
BROTHER PLEADED GUILTY
On Sept. 13, Jacob pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the DA’s Office said.
Sentencings for both brothers are scheduled for January 2014.
“The illegal possession of firearms in our community will not be tolerated, and my office will continue to work with law-enforcement agencies to ensure that our streets are safe,” Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said in the release.
He prosecuted the case, which began on Oct. 21.
“I am thankful that the jury evaluated the credibility of the witnesses, applied the law per the instructions given to them by the court and rendered a just and proper verdict.”
CERTAIN PRISON TIME
Clinton County Judge Patrick McGill presided over the trial.
Evan’s attorney was Alan Cruikshank.
After the trial, Evan was sent to Clinton County Jail until his sentencing, the DA’s Office said.
He faces a minimum incarceration of three and a half years in prison with a maximum of 15 years, the DA’s Office said.
He could also be sentenced to up to five years of post-release supervision and be ordered to pay as much as $5,000 in fines.
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