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Ramadan Abdullah sentenced on weapons charges

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – A man convicted of charges stemming from a major Broome County weapons bust learned his punishment Thursday afternoon.

In court, Broome County Judge Kevin Dooley sentenced 65-year-old Ramadan Abdullah to a minimum of three years in state prison.           

Abdullah was found guilty in November of 15 counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of petit larceny.      

He spoke on Thursday, saying "I ask, is it just for me to be sent to prison for a violent felony for failing to register four firearms that I legally bought and have owned for more than 20 years?"

His attorney has claimed there has been a bias against his client from the very beginning.

"If you are a black muslim man and you have a lot of guns because you like your second amendment rights I would suggest you think about getting another hobby because I really think the treatment is different because of what his name was," Matt Ryan said. 

Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell says this case was about facts. Back in November he said "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. Nothing more. Nothing less."

In June, authorities announced the details of the weapons bust and revealed that Abdullah had been charged following the execution of a search warrant was executed on Abdullah's storage unit in the town of Union.     

Among the recovered items were handguns, assault weapons, rifles, a shotgun, thousands of rounds of ammunition, flak jackets and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

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This investigation started after police say Abdullah shoplifted ammunition from Gander Mountain in Johnson City.

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