Schoharie County man to serve up to 6 years in prison for admitting to having ghost gun

A Schoharie County man is expected to serve up to 6 years in prison after admitting to having a ghost gun in Saratoga Springs.

Timothy J. Feldman, 22, pleaded guilty in Saratoga County Court on Tuesday to a felony count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Feldman was arrested after a bouncer at a Caroline Street bar found a gun in his possession during the early morning hours of July 23, according to a news release from the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office. The bouncer flagged down nearby Saratoga Springs police officers, who immediately approached Feldman, took the gun and led him away from the crowded Caroline Street.   

Police discovered that the firearm was a ghost gun because it did not have a valid serial number. Feldman told police that he purchased the components online and put the weapon together himself. Feldman also did not have a valid pistol permit.

Feldman is expected to receive a sentence of 2 to 6 years in state prison when sentenced on Jan. 8, 2024.

District Attorney Karen Heggen praised local businesses for helping to resolve the case.

“This is yet another example of hardworking Caroline Street business owners working alongside the Saratoga Springs Police Department to confront our city’s ongoing issues with loaded firearms downtown,” Heggen said in a news release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Joseph Frandino together with District Attorney’s Office Investigator Jack Barney.