Man sentenced to prison for rifle possession

ALBANY — Mark P. Messare, 43, of Amsterdam, was sentenced Wednesday to 1 1/2 years in prison for possessing an unregistered, short-barreled rifle.

Senior United States District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn also imposed a 3-year term of post-imprisonment supervised release.

In pleading guilty, Messare admitted that on Sept. 8 he possessed a Glock 9MM handgun that was inserted into a Micro Roni pistol carbine conversion kit, creating a short-barreled rifle with a barrel length of approximately four inches.

Messare also admitted that he knew that the Micro Roni pistol carbine conversion kit was designed to convert a handgun into a short-barreled rifle, as the conversion kit includes a folding shoulder stock that allows a handgun to be fired from the shoulder. Messare never registered the firearm in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required by federal law.

This case was investigated by the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

By Josh Bovee

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