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Schenectady man admits buying gun in Temple Israel shooting | News
Schenectady man admits buying gun in Temple Israel shooting | News

ALBANY – A Schenectady man admitted last week that he illegally bought the woman who was later fired by another man outside Temple Israel in Albany, federal prosecutors said.

Andrew Miller, 38, of Schenectady, admitted Thursday to conspiring with Mufid Fawaz Alkhader to illegally purchase a shotgun for Alkhader, prosecutors said.

Miller admitted that between Oct. 1 and Nov. 6, they jointly lied to an Albany County gun dealer by claiming that Miller was the actual buyer of a Kel-Tec 12-gauge pump gun. However, the real buyer was 28-year-old Alkhader, also of Schenectady, prosecutors said.

They came up with this plan because they assumed Alkhader could not legally buy the shotgun himself, prosecutors said.

Miller admitted that he bought the gun and later gave it to Alkhader, officials said.

According to prosecutors, the shotgun purchased is the same shotgun that Alkhader allegedly owned and fired outside Temple Israel in Albany on December 7.

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A federal police affidavit previously filed in the Alkhader case states that Alkhader “stood in front of Temple Israel with a Kel-Tec KS7 12-gauge pump gun” and then “fired two shots into the air from the above-mentioned shotgun.”

According to officials, at least two dozen preschool children were on site at the time.

He was taken into custody shortly afterwards.

While in custody, Alkhader told law enforcement that events in the Middle East had affected him and that he regularly used marijuana, the affidavit states.

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Miller is due to be sentenced in October and faces up to five years in prison. The judge ordered his release on conditions pending the verdict.

Alkhader is still charged with two counts of weapon misuse in connection with the incident.

The case is being investigated by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI, ATF and Albany Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rick Belliss and Alexander Wentworth-Ping are prosecuting.

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