BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The man charged after a major weapons bust in Broome County in June has been found guilty of several counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
The jury read its verdict at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday in Broome County Court after deliberating for eight hours. It found Ramadan Abdullah, 64, guilty of six counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, nine counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and one count of petit larceny.
Jurors were given the case after closing arguments took place Monday morning.
The trial for Abdullah started at the beginning of last week. Judge Kevin Dooley presided over the case.
Abdullah is expected to be sentenced to three-and-a-half to 15 years in state prison when he is sentenced on December 19.
Following the verdict, he was transported to the Broome County Jail.
No reaction from Abdullah. We will hear from his attorney and the DA tonight on @WBNG12News— Josh Martin (@JoshMartinTV12) November 14, 2017
Tuesday's verdict was followed by a war of words between Abdullah's attorney and The Broome County District Attorney.
"This would not have gone where this went if he name was not Ramadan Abdullah and what that portrayed to police at the time," said Abdullah's attorney Matt Ryan.
The former Binghamton Mayor made his point very clear. He believes his client, Ramadan Abdullah, was profiled due to his name, appearance and religious beliefs.
The District Attorney strongly disagreed.
"I just want to make this absolutely clear this case was not about profiling. It was not about gun rights. It was about someone illegally possessing weapons because they had pistols they did not have a permit for," said Steve Cornwell, Broome County District Attorney. "Nothing more. Nothing less. We don't have any further comment other than that. Thank you."
Tuesday, Ryan continued to express his frustration with the verdict with conviction-- and what he feels is the perception of his client. He made claims of alleged government work by Abdullah.
"This man worked with the FBI with Homeland Security. The DA knows that. They know something is there," Ryan said. "The FBI will never come out and say what he did but I sat down with one of the agents for two hours at lunch and he didn't deny a thing I said. This man is more of a patriot than anyone in this valley."
Those claims by Ryan are unconfirmed.
It is important to note, the charges applied only to the handguns found by police. None of those larger weapons or any of the high caliber ammunition were included in the charges.
Abdullah admitted to not having a permit for them to police and on the stand.
When asked why the larger weapons and other items were not listed in the charges, the District Attorney's office responded by saying "The charges were the most serious and appropriate under the circumstances."