Whitehall man, 18, indicted on firearms charges

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An 18 year old from Whitehall was indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple firearms charges.

Shane Smith was indicted on two counts of Illegal Possession of a Machinegun and one count of Possession of an Unregistered firearm, which was identified as a silencer, according to U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian.

Smith was arrested on August 6 and charged by complaint after he allegedly acquired a Colt M16 model A2; a Military Armament Corporation “MAC 10” machinegun, a silencer; a Beretta model 92FS handgun; and 120 rounds of “green-tip” ammunition with armor-piercing capability from an undercover agent.

The 18-year old was arraigned in federal court on Monday and ordered to be detained pending trial.

Smith faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on each count and up to three years of supervised release. He also faces a maximum $250,000 fine on each machinegun possession charge and a maximum $10,000 fine on the silencer possession charge.

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