Queens Man, Joseph Miner Pleads Guilty to Purchasing Illegally Defaced Firearm
(STL.News) Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Joseph Miner pleaded guilty via videoconference before United States District Judge William F. Kuntz, II, to possessing a firearm with obliterated serial numbers. When sentenced, Miner faces a maximum of five years’ imprisonment.
Seth D. DuCharme, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced the guilty plea.
“With today’s guilty plea, Miner has been held accountable and faces a prison sentence for possessing an illegal firearm with obliterated serial numbers that he purchased from an undercover agent,” stated Acting United States Attorney DuCharme. “This Office, together with our federal and local partners, is working tirelessly to prevent illegal firearms from endangering our community.” Mr. DuCharme expressed his grateful appreciation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office, for its outstanding work on the case.
As set forth in public filings, law enforcement began investigating Miner’s interest in illegally purchasing firearms in late 2019 when he posted on social media accounts his desire to obtain assault weapons and other firearms for a racial civil war or racial holy war.