Friday, July 28, 2023

New York Resident Receives Jail Time for Unlawful Firearm Following Report of Excessive Ammo Purchases

(court filing)

Federal authorities have given a prison sentence to Duane Hollenbeck, a 54-year-old resident of Cayuga County, for possession of an unregistered, short-barreled AR-15-style weapon, as announced on Friday.

In September, Hollenbeck was apprehended from Moravia, alongside 19-year-old Alec D. Hollenbeck from Lincklaen, Chenango County, following the discovery of several unregistered firearms and standard-capacity magazines in one of his properties.

Their trail was picked up when a worried firearms dealer reported Alec Hollenbeck's repeated large-scale ammunition purchases for over four weeks. As per the federal court's criminal complaint, this led investigators to Duane Hollenbeck's Pitcher, Chenango County retreat.

An Instagram image displaying Alec Hollenbeck with two rifles was also cited by the prosecution. Investigators discovered four AR-15 type rifles, five pistols, and five metal containers suspected to be homemade silencers, as detailed in court records. The firearms lacked serial numbers, as per the prosecution.

The barrel of one rifle was just slightly over 11 inches. As it was shorter than the required 16 inches, it was mandatory to have it registered with the National Firearm Registration and Transfer Record. However, according to the prosecutors, this was not done.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brenda Sannes sentenced Duane Hollenbeck to 41 months of imprisonment for one count of possession of an unregistered firearm. If convicted, this sentence will coincide with a sentence issued by a state court, as per the court records.

Gabrielle DiBella, Hollenbeck's defense attorney, revealed in court documents that an impending sentence from Chenango County Court is likely. There, Hollenbeck faces charges of two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Court documents revealed that Hollenbeck used to engage in target shooting with his family as a leisure activity. Over three to four years, he and his relatives, including Alec Hollenbeck, assembled numerous guns at his retreat. The relation between the two Hollenbecks, however, wasn't clarified in the documents. It was also mentioned in the court records that many of the firearm parts were procured online.

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