Father, son charged during raid plead guilty to having guns
SCHENECTADY A father and son charged in a Elbert Street drug raid in which officers shot and killed two pit bulls pleaded guilty Monday morning to weapons charges.
Kenneth J. Loika, 37, and Justin M. Loika, 20, both of 5 Elbert St., each face up to seven years in state prison as part of their pleas.
Kenneth Loika pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a semi-automatic handgun, intending to use it unlawfully against another person.
His son pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon — a revolver.
Both cases related to the Nov. 16 raid at 5 Elbert St. in which sheriff’s deputies seized both handguns, 2.7 pounds of marijuana and $1,600 in cash. Five other people were in the house at the time, but were not charged, sheriff’s officials have said.
The two dogs were shot after the raid began. Deputies announced their presence, but none of the residents responded. As deputies began searching, Sheriff Dominic Dagostino has said, one of the occupants opened a bedroom door, letting the dogs out to rush officers.
Deputies shot both dogs. A third dog was not aggressive and was not shot, Dagostino said then. No one was charged for turning the dogs loose on officers, and the dogs were not mentioned during Monday’s proceedings.
The weapons plea for Kenneth Loika satisfied other drug charges that had been lodged against him. He had been accused of selling a controlled substances from the residence on two prior occasions.
Justin Loika faced the single weapons count, accused of possessing a handgun found near his bed, according to court papers filed earlier.
Justin Loika was represented by attorney Brian Mercy; Kenneth Loika by attorney Sven Paul. The cases were prosecuted by Amy Monahan.