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October 30, 2013

Plattsburgh man convicted of illegal gun possession

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.

TRACED HANDGUN

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.

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