Man convicted on weapons charges after feds raid house
NORTHVILLE George S. Crandall III, a 65-year-old Northville-area resident whose home was raided by federal authorities in March 2009, was convicted Wednesday in federal court on counts of illegal possession of a .22-magnum rifle and assorted ammunition in several calibers.
The conviction followed a two-day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin in Syracuse.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 15 in Syracuse, where Crandall could receive up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and as many as three years of supervised release.
While those are the maximum terms possible, Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlos A. Moreno said the sentence will depend on findings in a pre-sentence report prepared on the case.
The charges were filed after a March 25, 2009 raid conducted by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms at Crandall’s home on Abrams Road near Northville.
A news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albany cites the state police, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the office of Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira for their assistance in the investigation.
Moreno said the gun charges stemmed from a February investigation by state police investigators who visited Crandall’s house after he was charged with offering an oxycodone pill to a clerk at a Northville gas station.
While at the home, Moreno said, the investigators noticed the rifle and were aware that Crandall, a convicted felon, could not legally own a firearm.
Moreno said ATF confiscated the rifle along with about 200 rounds of various ammunition, some of it for weapons not found at the scene.
Sira said Crandall was charged in Fulton County on two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance third degree and one count of endangering.
The teenage gas station clerk reported Crandall’s offer to state police, Sira said.