12 April 2022
Major Jeffrey A. VanAuken
Troop C Commander


A Springfield man has been charged with numerous felonies after members of the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations discovered that he was in possession of ’ghost guns’.  Other firearms were also seized.   

On April 10, 2022, Troopers from the Richfield Springs barracks responded to a 911 complaint of domestic incident that involved an attempted break-in at a residence on County Highway 54 in the town of Springfield. 

An investigation revealed that Kenneth A. Carson, age 37 of Springfield, NY attempted to enter the home of a known acquaintance and discharged a firearm while outside.  Thankfully, no one inside was hurt.   

Carson was arrested and charged with:

  • Attempted Burglary in the first degree, class “B” felony
  • Criminal Use of a Firearm in the second degree, class “C” felony
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree, class “C” felony
  • Manufacture of a Machine Gun, class “D” felony
  • Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree, class “D” felony
  • Reckless Endangerment in the first degree, class “D” felony
  • Criminal Mischief in the third degree, class “E” felony

Carson was processed at SP Richfield Springs and transported to Otsego County Central Arraignment and Processing.  He was remanded by a judge to the Otsego County Jail on $20,000 cash bail or $45,000 bond.   His next court date was scheduled for May 5, 2022, at the Springfield Town Court. 

The New York State Police reminds people that possessing or making privately manufactured firearms without serial numbers (’ghost guns’) is a crime and is a threat to public safety.  If you know of anyone who is making firearms, please contact your closest law enforcement agency. 

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