A Sunnyside gang member with a lengthy juvenile record earned his first felony as an adult and a three-year prison sentence on a gun charge Friday.
Daniel Maldonado, who turns 20 in two weeks, was sentenced to the middle of the range of 31 to 41 months for his guilty plea to a charge of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Maldonado was one of three documented gang members who were arrested on warrants following a traffic stop on Dec. 1 in Sunnyside, according to court records.
Police said a Taurus .38 Special was found in the glovebox of the car and that Maldonado claimed ownership of the pistol.
Maldonado was not legally entitled to possess a firearm due to juvenile convictions for theft, burglary, trafficking in stolen property and third-degree assault. The pistol was fully loaded with hollow-point ammunition, police said.
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