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16 January 2013
Colonie couple arrested for criminal purchase of a weapon
Joseph A. D'Amico
Darcy Wells
Director of Public Information
(518) 457-2180
          Members of the New York State Police Gun Investigation Unit arrested a husband and wife from Colonie, New York on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 for Criminal Purchase of a Weapon, Criminal Possession of Weapon 4th and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
         The NYSP-GIU, with the assistance of the Colonie Police Department, arrested ERIC L. COLEMAN (pictured), 45, and DAWN COLEMAN (pictured), 35, both of Colonie, after an investigation was conducted indicating the couple appeared to be making an illegal purchase of a Windham Weaponry .223/5.56mm model WW-15 semi automatic rifle from B&J’s Gun Shop on Central Avenue in the town of Colonie.  
On January 15, 2013 members of the NYSP-GIU conducted surveillance of the gun shop in anticipation of the couple returning to complete the purchase of the semi-automatic rifle.  Once the couple arrived at the gun shop, they completed the necessary paperwork and also purchased ten boxes (200 rounds) of .223 caliber ammunition for the rifle. All paperwork for the transaction was completed by DAWN COLEMAN. Prior to exiting the store, the weapon was taken into possession by ERIC L. COLEMAN who in fact has a prior felony conviction for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd and therefore cannot legally possess any firearm, rifle or shotgun. As the subjects exited the store, they were taken into custody in the parking lot with the weapon and ammunition without incident and transported to Troop G SP Latham for processing.
ERIC COLEMAN was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th and Criminal Purchase of a Weapon. DAWN COLEMAN was also charged with Criminal Purchase of a Weapon and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for leaving their 10-year-old daughter unattended in their vehicle in the parking lot of B&J's Gun Shop while they were inside conducting the transaction.
The semi automatic rifle and ammunition were secured as evidence by the NYSP-GIU.  Both defendants were issued appearance tickets returnable for the Town of Colonie Court on January 23, 2013.
Criminal Purchase of a Weaponis a Class A Misdemeanor and is charged when knowing that it would be unlawful for another person to possess a firearm, rifle or shotgun, he or she purchases a firearm, rifle or shotgun for, or on behalf of, or for the use of such other person.
Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th is a Class A Misdemeanor and is charged when a person possesses a rifle or a shotgun and has been convicted of a felony or a serious offense.

Endangering the Welfare of a Child is a Class A Misdemeanor and is charged when a person knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old. 



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