An Orange County man faces up to 15 years in prison for possessing a semiautomatic handgun.

On Thursday in Orange County Court, a jury trial convicted 27-year-old Antonio Harriott of Newburgh with criminal possession of a weapon.

At the trial, prosecutors argued that on August 4, 2017, Harriott and another man were involved in a verbal confrontation with others on Lander Street in the City of Newburgh.

Prosecutors said that during the confrontation Harriott pulled out a semiautomatic handgun which he fired in the air.

Police recovered a .380 caliber shell casing from the scene but never recovered the actual weapon.

An Orange County grand jury charged Harriott with criminal possession of a weapon, for possessing the loaded weapon, and tampering with physical evidence, for hiding the weapon after the incident, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

In March 2017, an Orange County jury convicted Harriott of the top charge, criminal possession of a weapon, but did not return a verdict on the tampering charge.

A mistrial was declared due to the tampering charge.

“We cannot tolerate those who illegally carry handguns on our city streets, much less those who engage in reckless gunplay to settle disputes,” Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said. “The City of Newburgh will be safer during the years that this defendant is incarcerated.”

Harriott faces up to 15 years in prison when he sentenced in April 24.

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