Criminal Law Attorneys

Angelo MacDonald achieves “not guilty” verdict for client in Bronx gun trial

February 13, 2013

Angelo MacDonald, experienced trial attorney at Pappalardo & Pappalardo, achieved a “not guilty” verdict in a gun trial before the Hon. Dominic R. Massaro in the Bronx County Supreme Court.

Angelo MacDonald represented a man charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree under Penal Law § 265.03(3), and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree under Penal Law § 265.02(1). The top count, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, is a class C felony, and carries a possible sentence of 3 ½ to 15 years in state prison. Further, as a non-US citizen, MacDonald’s client also faced deportation if convicted of a firearms offense.

The Bronx County District Attorney’s Office had alleged that the man was in possession of a loaded and operable firearm in Bronx County. MacDonald’s client was found asleep in the driver’s seat of a parked vehicle, and the police alleged that he was sleeping on top of a loaded .357 Magnum.

However, MacDonald’s client testified that the police lied about where they recovered the gun, and that the gun was actually recovered from underneath the front passenger seat of the vehicle. He further testified that he didn’t know the gun was there, as the car he was sleeping in was not his own.

Angelo MacDonald is a seasoned trial attorney of counsel to Pappalardo & Pappalardo. He has tried more than 60 homicide cases and dozens of gun cases as both an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County and as a defense attorney.