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Guilty Verdict in Illegal Weapon Possession Trial

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



Press Release

April 1, 2021



Guilty Verdict in Illegal Weapon Possession Trial

ALBANY, NY - District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that DEAUNTTA MALLOY, 35, of Albany, was found guilty after a jury trial of (1) Count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a Class C Violent Felony, before Honorable Roger D. McDonough in Albany County Court this afternoon. This was the first criminal jury trial of 2021 in Albany County, and only the second felony criminal trial in our jurisdiction since New York went on “pause” a year ago.

The jury found that on August 21, 2019, MALLOY was in illegal possession of a loaded Lorcin 9mm semi-automatic handgun after members of the Albany Police Department conducted a warranted search of his residence on Hamilton Street. The jury also acquitted MALLOY of felony marijuana possession charges.

Due to MALLOY’s criminal history, he faces up to (5) to (15) years in State Prison, to be followed by (5) years of post-release supervision, when sentenced on May 14, 2021.

“Shooting incidents in the City of Albany hit record highs in 2020. We’re already experiencing an increase of 22% over last year. We welcome the opportunity to hold accountable those who selfishly place others in harm’s way through our trial work,” commented DA David Soares.

Assistant District Attorney Megan Spillane of the Street Crimes Unit handled the prosecution of this case.

For more information, please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710 or [email protected]