Area man sen­tenced for firearms possession

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Sarato­gian staff

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Saratoga County District At­tor­ney Karen A. Heggen an­nounced that Joseph P. Koren, 25, of Saratoga Springs was sen­tenced in Saratoga County Court for pos­sess­ing a loaded firearm, be­fore Saratoga County Court Judge James A. Mur­phy, III.

At the time of his plea on Oct. 30, 2019 to crim­i­nal possession of a weapon in the sec­ond de­gree, Koren ad­mit­ted that he pos­sessed a loaded .38 cal­iber re­volver out­side his home on June 19, 2019, ac­knowl­edg­ing that he pos­sessed the firearm in a neigh­bor’s yard as he at­tempted to flee from the po­lice. That of­fense is a felony.

Heggen com­mended the Saratoga Springs Po­lice Depart­ment on their quick re­sponse, ap­pre­hen­sion of the de­fen­dant and thor­ough search of the neigh­bor­ing prop­er­ties which led to the re­cov­ery of the loaded re­volver where the de­fen­dant had se­creted it in­side a neigh­bor’s shrub­bery.

Heggen also praised Saratoga Springs Of­fi­cer Adam Ding­man for what she de­scribed as “ex­treme re­straint and ex­pe­ri­enced judg­ment” dur­ing the ini­tial law en­force­ment con­tact with the de­fen­dant when the de­fen­dant re­peat­edly re­fused Of­fi­cer Ding­man’s com­mands to drop the re­volver and keep his hands in sight.

“Watch­ing the body cam­era video of the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween Of­fi­cer Ding­man and the de­fen­dant sends chills down your spine. The level of dan­ger that the de­fen­dant cre­ated to the pub­lic, re­spond­ing law en­force­ment and him­self when he re­peat­edly re­fused to drop his gun and in­stead fled through a sub­ur­ban neigh­bor­hood can not be un­der­stated.

“On more than one oc­ca­sion through­out the in­ci­dent the de­fen­dant vi­o­lated the of­fi­cer’s in­struc­tions and reached in the di­rec­tion of the re­volver as he fled, caus­ing the Of­fi­cer Ding­man to make split sec­ond, life al­ter­ing de­ci­sions. My of­fice is grate­ful to work with such well trained, ca­pa­ble law en­force­ment pro­fes­sion­als,” He­gen said.

As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Charles Bucca pros­e­cuted the case.

The de­fen­dant was sen­tenced to a 5-year de­ter­mi­nate term of prison fol­lowed by 2.5 years of post-re­lease su­per­vi­sion.

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