Charles Harrison, a 35-year-old resident of Binghamton, New York, has been sentenced to 48 months in federal prison after being convicted of illegally possessing a firearm as a prohibited person (convicted felon).

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The sentencing comes as a result of collaborative efforts between the United States Attorney's Office and the United States Marshals Service for the Northern District of New York.

United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and United States Marshal David L. McNulty announced the successful prosecution and sentencing of Charles Harrison. The trial revealed evidence that Harrison, previously convicted in 2012 in the Northern District of New York for Conspiracy to Possess and Distribute controlled substances, was serving the final part of his incarcerative sentence in a halfway house in Connecticut. However, Harrison fled from the halfway house, leading to a warrant for his arrest.

On March 29, 2022, the United States Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force discovered Harrison hiding under a mattress in an apartment in Binghamton, New York. During the search, a loaded handgun was also found in the bedroom, adjacent to Harrison's hiding spot. Through forensic analysis and testimonial evidence presented at trial, it was proven that the firearm was linked to Harrison. Consequently, the jury found him guilty of possessing the firearm as a prohibited person due to his prior felony conviction.

In addition to his prison sentence, United States District Judge David N. Hurd imposed a 3-year period of supervised release that will commence after Harrison completes his time behind bars.

This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service, with assistance from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the New York State Police, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, and the City of Binghamton Police Department. The efforts of these law enforcement agencies were successfully prosecuting the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica N. Carbone and Thomas R. Sutcliffe were responsible for prosecuting the case in court.

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