A Hudson Valley man who was found with a retired cop's gun and a lot of heroin is heading to prison.

In Ulster County Court, Willie Rodriguez of Kingston was sentenced to 13 years in state prison for his conviction of criminal possession of a weapon and 5 years in prison for criminal possession of a controlled substance. The sentences will run concurrent.

On Dec. 22, 2017, police learned the location of two reported stolen handguns. Days earlier, Town of Saugerties Police reported that two handguns, ammunition, a police shield, police identification and other items were stolen from a vehicle belonging to a former Saugerties Police Chief.


Following an undercover investigation at a home on Livingston Street in Saugerties, police recovered the stolen handguns and arrested three people, Rodriguez, Skylar Eichert and Gina Julian.

Eichert and Julian both previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison.

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