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Cape Vincent man sentenced to federal prison for unlawfully possessing firearm


A convicted felon from Cape Vincent who posted a video of himself shooting a gun on YouTube was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to a year and a day in federal prison for unlawfully possessing the weapon.

Gilbert A. Murphy, 45, of 3163 Huff Road, had pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to a charge that he knowingly possessed a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, admitting that he possessed five firearms.

According to court documents, the U.S. Border Patrol conducted an investigation in 2011 that showed Mr. Murphy appearing in several online videos, including one in which he is firing a 9 mm assault rifle.

A second man who appeared in the videos with Mr. Murphy allegedly told investigators that Mr. Murphy kept the assault rifle and other guns at his residence, court documents state. Based on the information, a search warrant was executed March 13 at his residence and numerous weapons were seized, including the weapons he was seen firing in the YouTube video.

Under federal law, convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Mr. Murphy was convicted in 1994 in California of the felony crime of discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner. In 1996, he was convicted of felony burglary charges in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Murphy was also ordered Tuesday to undergo three additional years of supervision upon his release from prison.

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